Dear Uwe and the CRAN team,

Many thanks for maintaining the package for so long (>10 years!).

I see the latest changes are in some internal C code related to
updating the libxml2 library.
In CRAN's experience, is this the highest time consuming task?

I have some questions about how the maintenance transfer will go:
Would someone from the CRAN team help/review the new maintainer for some time?
Or would there be a change in the "cre" role and that's all the
further involvement of the CRAN team with the package (besides the
excellent checks on CRAN)?

For anyone considering it, I analyzed a bit the situation of XML and
In short, with ~300 direct dependencies, and many highly used, across
CRAN and Bioconductor's packages.

Kind regards,


On Mon, 22 Jan 2024 at 15:51, Uwe Ligges
<> wrote:
> Dear package developers,
> the CRAN team (and Professor Ripley in particular) has been the defacto
> maintainer of CRAN package 'XML'.
> Our hope was that maintainers of packages depending on XML will migrate
> to other packages for reading XML structures. This has not happened and
> we still see dozens of strong dependencies on XML.
> So we are looking for a person volunteering to take over 'XML'.
> Please let us know if you are interested.
> For the CRAN team,
> Uwe Ligges
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