[Rd] including additional packages in Recommended

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Apr 15 20:48:35 CEST 2008

Look in share/make/vars.mk.  BASE means base, not recommended, believe it 
or not.  You would need to add to R_PKGS_RECOMMENDED_SOURCES and 

On Tue, 15 Apr 2008, Sundar Dorai-Raj wrote:

> Hi, R-devel,
> I'm trying to create a modified distribution of R to include several
> packages are not part of the CRAN version. I.e. When I untar
> R-2.6.2.tar.gz I would like to include my package "foo_1.0-0.tar.gz" in
> 'src/library/Recommended' so that when a user builds my version of R
> they also get my package and don't have to explicitly do
> install.packages. I searched the archives looking at ways to change the
> Makefile in 'src/library' but came up empty. I suspect the change has to
> do with $R_PKGS_BASE though I'm unsure.

We don't encourage it.  We do describe how to do this for the Windows 
installer , but on a Unix-alike you can just use a wrapper script to 
install R and then run 'R CMD INSTALL foo_1.0-0.tar.gz'.

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