[R-pkg-devel] Questions for writing a package

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at me.com
Thu Jun 11 14:19:00 CEST 2015

> On Jun 11, 2015, at 7:02 AM, Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> wrote:
> On 11 June 2015 at 14:10, haixiao990 at aliyun.com wrote:
> | I'm now developing a package, which needs to call other released software.
> | The software include executable files with configuration files for Win/Linux/Mac. There is no need to install or compiling the software.
> | I know it is possible to call the software  executable files by invoking a system command using the function 'system()', 
> | but how can I build up a package with these executable files? What directory should I put the software files?  
> | Does anyone have experience or solutions? 
> Please see
>   http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-release/R-exts.html#Non_002dR-scripts-in-packages
> as well as   help(system.file)   in R to locate such files.
> As far as I know CRAN will probably reject a package containing binaries.

That is correct, as per:


"A source package if possible should not contain binary executable files: they are not portable, and a security risk if they are of the appropriate architecture.  R CMD check will warn about them4 unless they are listed (one filepath per line) in a file BinaryFiles at the top level of the package. Note that CRAN will not accept submissions containing binary files even if they are listed.”

Note the last sentence.


Marc Schwartz

> Dirk

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