[Rd] "R CMD check" leaving object files.

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Apr 7 14:40:01 CEST 2008

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008, Barry Rowlingson wrote:

> If I run "R CMD check" on my package source directory I get no warnings
> (okay, at the moment I get a few, but lets imagine for the sake of
> argument I don't). Then if I run it again I get a warning about my
> source package having object files in it:
> * checking if this is a source package ... WARNING
> Subdirectory 'foo/src' contains object files.
>  Well, I didn't put them there!

You asked R CMD check to call R CMD INSTALL which did.

>  Can't find anyone else really griping about this on the R search
> stuff. So am I doing something wrong?
>  Is there a standard way I can do a 'clean' in the source subdirectory
> before the check?
>  Thanks in advance for any ideas, I'm really just putting off sorting
> out the code/documentation warnings...

I always do

R CMD build mypkg
R CMD check mypkg_version.tar.gz

That way I check a clean tarball, the one I might distribute.

What you are seeing is the aftermath of R CMD INSTALL.  That has arguments 
--clean and --pre-clean to deal with this, but 'clean' does not use them.
(My guess is that the faster install by not doing so is thought 

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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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