[Rd] R CMD build failure

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 19:33:27 CEST 2015

What field is httr in the DESCRIPTION?

On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM, Therneau, Terry M., Ph.D.
<therneau at mayo.edu> wrote:
> I have a local library 'dart' that imports "httr".  It has routines that
> access central patient data such as birth date, so it is heavily used
> locally but of no interest to anyone else.
> The httr library (and 300 others) are in a shared directory, referenced by
> everyone in the biostatistics group via adding this location to the
> .libPaths in their default .Rprofile.  (Actually, their .Rprofile starts by
> running material from a central one, the libPaths is there).
> When I run R (3.2.0) all is fine, but R CMD build fails with  the text below
> * creating vignettes ... ERROR
> Error: processing vignette 'dart.Rnw' failed with diagnostics:
>  chunk 2 (label = auth1)
> Error : package ‘httr’ required by ‘dart’ could not be found
> Execution halted
> If I add the requiste directory to my R_LIBS_USER environment variable then
> all is fine.  However, that's a nuisance since the location changes over
> time (e.g. R releases).  The system admins have a whole process that keeps
> .bashrc, .Rprofle and etc dot references up to date.   Plugging into this is
> why we use .Rprofile.  They are quite willing to make select changes in the
> central file, but with >1000 users any suggested changes in the overall
> process do not get a warm welcome.
> Any ideas?  There is no mention in the Writing R Extentions manual that it
> ignores the Rprofile file.  If "suck it up and use R_LIBS_USER" is the
> answer, well, there are only a few who build packages.
> PS, I can't use RHOME:/etc/Rprofile.site since the biostat group is not the
> only set of R users.  Some other groups, for instance, cannot even see our
> central area.
> Terry T.
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