[R] icon for an R package

Michael Friendly friendly at yorku.ca
Wed Dec 29 21:08:48 CET 2010

On 12/29/2010 1:01 PM, Marc Schwartz wrote:
> Michael,
> Are you referring to an icon that would be displayed for an R package when browsing in a file manager, such as Nautilus, Konqueror or Finder?
Well, my initial query was just for an icon that I could use in a 
presentation to represent several R packages
and the relations among them.
> If so, those icons are typically associated with a file using MIME types and are based upon the file type in question having a unique extension and perhaps being associated with a particular application that is installed.
You raise the more interesting question of OS-specific icons for 
R-related file types (.R, .Rd, .RData, .Rnw),
but the only ones I know of are the .RData icon under Windows, and icons 
used in eclipse/StatET.
> Since R packages are either .zip files or tar archive files (.tar.gz or .tgz), they will use the default theme icons for the OS/File Manager in use for those extensions, possibly for the archiving application associated with those file types.
> I don't know of any way off-hand, to differentiate R packages from other files that have the same extensions and therefore have a unique icon displayed in the respective file manager application.
> Regards,
> Marc Schwartz

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