[Rd] Accessing data files w/ --use-zip-data
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Oct 23 18:07:44 MEST 2003
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> Jeff Gentry wrote:
> >The issue that Duncan suggested I raise is whether or not it should be
> >considered accepted behaviour for a package author to be accessing files
> >in <pkg>\data (at this time I don't know the reasoning behind the specific
> >example here, I just know that that's what they've done) or if this should
> >be considered a Bad Thing.
> I do this in some instances where I have data in a format not supported
> by data(), for example, database files that are used by package
> programs or tests (but I have always wondered if it is "the right" thing
> to do). If it is considered a Bad Thing then there needs to be another
> location for files like this, perhaps inst/data or something like that.
inst/data will get copied into data in the installed version.
We would prefer you used inst/mydata copied to mydata (for some value of
`mydata' != `data'), as package spatial does. This allows the QC tools to
check out aspects of the installed data directory unhindered.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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