[Rd] including additional packages in Recommended

Sundar Dorai-Raj sundar.dorai-raj at pdf.com
Tue Apr 15 22:02:09 CEST 2008

Hi, Prof. Ripley (and Berwin for his off-list reply),

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I know this is not the recommended mode. I 
guessed as much when I could not find a simple answer in R-admin. The is 
actually our current mode of installation at the client. But some 
suggestions from management have veered my in this direction.



Prof Brian Ripley said the following on 4/15/2008 11:48 AM:
> 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'.

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