[Rd] Where to drop a python script?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Oct 31 08:01:06 CET 2013
On 31/10/2013 00:40, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> The old convention was that it went in the exec/ directory, but as you
> can see at
> it can be in inst/anyName/. A minor convenience of exec/ is that the
> directory has the same name in source and when installed, whereas
> inst/anyName gets moved to anyName/, so debugging can be a tiny bit
> easier with exec/.
> Having just put a package (TSjson) on CRAN with a python script, here
> are a few other pointers for getting it on CRAN:
> -SystemRequirements: should indicate if a particular version of python
> is needed, and any non-default modules that are needed. (My package does
> not work with Python 3 because some modules are not available.) Some of
> the libraries have changed, so it could be a bit tricky to make
> something work easily with both 2 and 3.
> -You need a README to explain how to install Python. (If you look at or
> use mine, please let me know if you find problems.)
Better to describe exactly what you need: installation instructions go
stale very easily.
> -The Linux and Sun CRAN test machines have Python 2 whereas winbuilder
> has Python 3. Be prepared to explain that the package will not work on
> one or the other.
Not true. Linux and Solaris (sic) have both: the Solaris machines have
2.6 and 3.3. Please do not spread misinformation about machines you do
not have any access to.
> Another option to system() is pipe()
> On 13-10-30 03:15 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
>> On 30 October 2013 at 13:54, Jonathan Greenberg wrote:
>> | R-developers:
>> | I have a small python script that I'd like to include in an R
>> package I'm
>> | developing, but I'm a bit unclear about which subfolder it should go
>> in. R
>> | will be calling the script via a system() call. Thanks!
>> Up to you as you control the path. As "Writing R Extensions" explains,
>> everything below the (source) directory inst/ will get installed. I like
>> inst/extScripts/ (or similar) as it denotes that it is an external
>> As an example, the gdata package has Perl code for xls reading/writing
>> below a
>> directory inst/perl/ -- and I think there are more packages doing this.
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