[R] How to pack my stuff into a package (library, collection)?
tribolaboy at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 13:08:30 CEST 2008
Thanks all for the help and suggestions. I am little by little finding
my way. I have another question to the people who use the R packaging
system. Say I have a function called "myfun.R". Where am I supposed to
write the help to that function? When I use promt("myfun") or
package.skeleton("myfun") I get a skeleton of the .Rd file which
contains both help and R source. What do you do with the original .R
source file then - do you delete it? I suppose it is not necessary
anymore and all changes to R source and help can be done
simultaneously in the .Rd file. Then it can be used to generate all
the help and R files to be run. But then .Rd files cannot be run
directly from R, so each time a change is done to the source, it must
be re-exported in an .R file and run. Please tell me if I am wrong. Do
you keep R-souce and R-help in separate files while developing and
then combine them in a single .Rd file when you're finished?
Yours still confused,
On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 3:13 PM, Tribo Laboy <tribolaboy at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am new useR, I have written some functions, which I currently use by
> "source"-ing them from the files.
> That's OK, but when I my functions start counting in the tens and
> hundreds I'd be glad to be able to type
> "help.search("my_obscure_fun")" and get a sensible reply. I also want
> to be able to load them as a package at startup and not have to
> "source" each one individually. I read through the "Writing R
> Extensions" file, but I am overwhelmed with the vast amount of
> prescribed detail that Extension Authors must follow - directory
> structure, file structure, etc. Luckily, I found the "prompt"
> function, which helps in writing of help-files in the form of "fill-in
> the blanks". But that's only for the help-files. Reading further, it
> gets even more complicated. The user is referred to the "R
> Installation and Administration" document, which says that:
> If you want to build R or add-on packages from source in Windows, you
> will need to collect, install and test an extensive set of tools.
> These seem to include among others Perl and compiler. But R is an
> interpreted and cross-platform language, I don't understand the need
> for additional platform specific tools just to call a user collection
> of R-files. Anyone knows of a smooth introduction to these topics?
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