[Rd] Ignoring .Rprofile when installing a package

Brian G. Peterson brian at braverock.com
Wed Feb 16 18:25:07 CET 2011

On 02/16/2011 10:57 AM, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> The most obvious answer is not to do that. You have not used the
> standard mechanism to to do that (which should work here as R CMD
> INSTALL overrides that one). It's all in ?Startup (look for

Note that R CMD INSTALL is not mentioned at all here.

> The simplest way to ignore ~/.Rprofile is to set R_PROFILE_USER to
> something else.

>> I've tried R --vanilla CMD INSTALL, but that seems to have no effect.
> As documented.

Then let's try this from another angle...

Is there a rationale why --vanilla or --no-environ or --no-site-file or 
--no-init-file are *NOT* supported by R CMD INSTALL ?  I don't see any 
reasoning for the inconsistency in the docs anywhere.

If not, would R-core entertain a patch that would handle these options?

This functionality is troublesome in a production installations where we 
*want* our users to have specific packages and environment options set 
all the time, and I need to edit the Rprofile.site file every time I 
upgrade one of these 'production' packages.


    - Brian

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