[R-pkg-devel] Package requiring cmake; windows only package dependency?

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Wed Jun 29 15:16:52 CEST 2016

On 28.06.2016 13:55, Holger Hoefling wrote:
> Hi,
> I am currently preparing a package for hdf5 that ships and compiles from
> source on windows. The intention here is to avoid having to ship or
> download a binary from an unknown source. As a dependency, I need the cmake
> program installed.
> Here my question:
> 1. Is cmake installed on win-builder? If not, could it be installed? If
> yes, in a specified standard location or available through the PATH
> variable?

It is not. I could do that if you tell me which version I need.

> 2. How do I specify that a package is only intended for a specific OS?

See WRE, in the DESCRIPTION file you can specify:

OS_type: unix

would make it non-Windows and vice versa.

> On another note here:
> The package I am preparing would only compile the binaries on windows. On
> other systems, I would prefer to have people install them thought native
> services (e.g. apt-get) to make configuration etc. more manageable for
> system administrators (even though that puts a little more burden on the
> end-user on these systems).

Be careful to get licenses and copyright information right if you 
include thirs party sources.

> Second question:
> Is there a way to specify an OS-specific dependency? As the hdf5lib package
> is rather large and intended for windows only, I would prefer if it isn't
> downloaded anywhere else.

You can only have one version of the package sources on CRAN.

Uwe Ligges

> thanks for your help
> Holger
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