[Bioc-devel] Install subset of R package

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Sat Jan 6 18:50:01 CET 2007

Oliver Bembom wrote:
> Hi all,
> Does anybody know of a way to install only a subset of an R package? An R
> package that I've written contains a GUI part that depends on tcl/tk, and
> some users would like to able to install the package on systems without
> tcl/tk support. Since the package can be used fine without the GUI, I was
> thinking that I could just remove the GUI part from the package and move it
> into a separate add-on package. This would be fairly straightforward.
> Alternatively, is there a way to offer an option that would allow the user
> to decide at install time to not install the GUI part? All the functions for
> the GUI are in a separate .R file; only one of the GUI functions is exported
> in the NAMESPACE and is called at only one point in the remainder of the
> package. Thanks,
You might talk directly to the author of the package to see if he/she 
would be willing to suggest ways to do this, or to make some changes to 
the package directly.


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