[R] R CMD BUILD converting data file format?

Carl Witthoft c@r| @end|ng |rom w|ttho|t@com
Fri Jan 28 20:46:35 CET 2022

When I run the shell command

R CMD BUILD mypackage

the builder converts *.R files to *.rda data files.  This seems to 
conflict with the information in R-Exts which says a package's  /data 
directory can contain  foo.R files which the function data() will call 
source() to execute.
In my case, I have a  foo.R file in the /data directory which contains 
the following (adapted for size and clarity:

# some comment text
dataA <- '3.1415'
# more comments
dataB <- '2.71828'

The builder converted foo.R to foo.rda, and when I use either data() or 
load() all I get is  a char vector containing the text

[1] 'dataA'
[2] 'dataB'

Where did I go wrong?


Carl Witthoft
carl using witthoft.com

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