[R] [Rd] R CMD CHECK doens't run configure when testing install? (Revised)

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Jul 29 14:56:46 CEST 2011

On Jul 28, 2011, at 6:56 PM, Alexander James Rickett wrote:

> I'm trying to get ready to submit a package to CRAN, but in order for the package to install on OS X, I need to temporarily set the environment variable NOAWT=1.  I put 'export NOAWT=1' in my package's 'configure' script, and 'R CMD INSTALL MyPackage' returns with no errors.   However when I do 'R CMD CHECK MyPackage', the installation test fails, because the configure script is not invoked.  If I set the variable manually in Terminal before I run CHECK, then it passes all the tests.
> Is the configure script the right place to be setting this variable?
> If so, why isn't configure being invoked as part of R CMD CHECK?
> If not, where should I set the environmental variable NOAWT=1 such that the change will be reflected in the R CMD CHECK installation test?

You should not set it in the package at all. It is a run-time variable specific to OS X checking so it is expected to be set in the OS and the CRAN checks on OS X set it automatically.

If you are testing your package locally, you can simply use

NOAWT=1 R CMD check DeducerText_0.1-0.tar.gz


> Here is the source tar-ball of my package if you want to try for yourself.
> http://www.cs.ucla.edu/~alexalex/R/src/contrib/DeducerText_0.1-0.tar.gz
> Thanks.
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> Alex Rickett
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