[R-pkg-devel] Dealing with not so temporary files
murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 00:32:00 CET 2018
On 12/03/2018 6:26 PM, Roy Mendelssohn - NOAA Federal wrote:
> Hi All:
> Recently there was a proper admonishment to a developer that it is bad etiquette writing to a user's home directory, and for temporary files use the functions tempdir() and tempfile(). I am working on a new package (presently on Github) that downloads data from a remote server, reads the data into R, but I would like to save that file for the user to access later if they so desire. Saving to the "temp directory" is not a good option for that, want to put it somewhere where the user can easily find it. What is the proper etiquette for this? Even if I provide an argument for the user to specify the location to save the file, I should provide a default location.
Why not provide an argument whose default is something given by tempfile()?
> Any suggestions appreciated.
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