[R] Automating package building packages and repository uploading

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jul 20 08:12:42 CEST 2006

On Thu, 20 Jul 2006, Carlos J. Gil Bellosta wrote:

> Dear Rusers,
> I have developed two packages for a client of mine. After new features
> are added or bugs corrected, I upload them to my own web repository. I
> create both source and binary versions.

binary Linux packages, it seems.  The latter are .tar.gz with the arch as 
part of the name.

.zip is used for Windows packages only.

update.packages for Linux is designed to look for source packages only: 
see the 'type' argument.  You can use the distro's packaging facilities 
for binary packages, and Dirk does for the Debian R distribution.

I think those misconceptions explain your confusion.

> In fact, I made an script that checks, builds, and uploads them via ftp.
> However, I am facing two nuisances that do make it difficult to
> automate:
> 1) Even if I build the binary version with the command
> R CMD build --use-zip --binary $package
> within my script, the output package still gets tarballed and gzipped
> instead than simply zipped. I come around this automatically extracting
> and compressing back the files but, am I missing something some other
> option that would make all this simpler?
> 2) I expect my packages to be named something like
> mypackage_1.3.12.tar.gz or mypackage_1.3.12.zip. However, "sometimes"
> --I haven't looked at the code that decides the name to give to the
> packages, so it looks quite "random" to me-- they get renamed into
> something like mypackage_1.3.12_R_i486-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz or
> mypackage_1.3.12_R_i486-pc-linux-gnu.zip. The problem is that, then, the
> update.packages() function cannot find them. Is there a way to prevent
> this trailing string from appearing in the file name? Or else, is there
> a way to have update.packages() find the package regardless of it?
> I am running
> platform       i486-pc-linux-gnu
> arch           i486
> os             linux-gnu
> system         i486, linux-gnu
> status
> major          2
> minor          3.1
> year           2006
> month          06
> day            01
> svn rev        38247
> language       R
> version.string Version 2.3.1 (2006-06-01)
> on Debian Etch with kernel 2.6.15-1-k7.
> Thank you very much.
> Carlos J. Gil Bellosta
> http://www.datanalytics.com
> http://www.data-mining-blog.com

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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