[Rd] R CMD build processes inst/doc/Makefile only if there are vignette files?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Mar 30 10:55:33 CEST 2011

What R CMD build (and check) does is to call tools::buildVignettes.
That has been true for a while, and buildVignettes() returns if no 
vignettes are found.  The docs are out-of-date.

My view is that you are misusing inst/doc: it is intended *only* for 
files which are going to be installed and hence report.tex should not 
really be there.  So you should be doing this in another source 
directory and copying report.pdf to inst/doc.  Use configure to 
arrange this.

Shortly vignettes to be built will be moved out of inst/doc.

On Tue, 29 Mar 2011, Henrik Bengtsson wrote:

> Hi,
> in Section 'Writing package vignettes' of 'Writing R Extensions' it says:
> "Whenever a Makefile is found, then R CMD build will try to run make
> after the Sweave runs, so PDF manuals can be created from arbitrary
> source formats (plain LaTeX files, ...). [...] Note that the make step
> is executed even if there are no files in Sweave format, [...]".
> In my package, inst/doc/ file contains two files: Makefile, and
> report.tex.  However, when running 'Rcmd build' on Windows with R
> v2.13.0 alpha (2011-03-27 r55091) I can only get 'make' to run
> (process inst/doc/Makefile) if I add a inst/doc/dummy.Rnw file,
> otherwise nothing happens.  My Makefile contains:
> all: pdf
> pdf: report.tex
> 	texi2dvi --pdf report.tex
> clean:
> 	rm dummy.Rnw dummy.tex
> 	rm *.aux *.log *.toc
> Is it really necessary to add dummy.Rnw?  Am I missing something?
> /Henrik
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.13.0 alpha (2011-03-27 r55091)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252
> [2] LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252
> [5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
> [1] tools_2.13.0
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