[Rd] Clean up after "R CMD INSTALL" and/or "R CMD check"

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Dec 3 14:14:44 CET 2010

On Fri, 3 Dec 2010, Berwin A Turlach wrote:

> G'day all,
> I noticed the following (new) behaviour of R 2.12.0, running on Kubuntu
> 10.10, when installed with sub-architectures:

Yes, there are new features when there are multiple sub-architectures.

> When I run "R CMD INSTALL" or "R CMD check" on the source directory of a
> package that contains C or FORTRAN code, R creates sub-directories
> src-32/ and src-64/ that seem to be copies of the src/ subdirectory
> plus the compiled objects.
> These directories are not deleted at the end of a successful
> INSTALL/check and I wonder if there is any particular reason for this?

Because it might be partially successful and you want to look at the 
generated objects?  In particular 'success' means that the primary 
sub-architecture is installed: others might fail.

> Would it be possible to delete these sub-directories during clean-up
> at the end of a successful INSTALL/check?

Try INSTALL --clean, etc.  But I normally do this from a tarball to 
keep the sources clean and to test the reference sources.

There are a few improvements to R-patched in the detection of 
sub-architectures, so you might like to see if you prefer what it 

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