[R-pkg-devel] Writing to files without altering working directory in R package

Uwe Ligges ||gge@ @end|ng |rom @t@t|@t|k@tu-dortmund@de
Sat May 4 00:37:50 CEST 2019

On 04.05.2019 00:33, Jarrett Phillips wrote:
> Hello,
> My R package has a function with an argument to specify whether numerical
> results should be outputted to a CSV file.
> CRAN policy stipulates verbatim that
> Packages should not write in the user’s home filespace (including
> clipboards), nor anywhere else on the file system apart from the R
> session’s temporary directory (or during installation in the location
> pointed to by TMPDIR: and such usage should be cleaned up). Installing into
> the system’s R installation (e.g., scripts to its bin directory) is not
> allowed.
> I know I should use tempdir() within my package function, but I've not seen
> any examples on how this is best done within existing R packages.
> Within my package documentation examples for my function, I have the lines:
>   \dontshow{.oldwd <- setwd(tempdir())}

1. the user who copies the example to the R console does not change to 
the tempdir() and still overwrites files in her/his filespace.

2. And even if you o not wrap this in \dontshow, a user may oinly copy a 
part and then changes the workdir.

Why not simply use tempdir() in the code that writes the file in the 

Uwe Ligges

> ... some R code ...
> \dontshow{setwd(.oldwd)}
> but I have been informed that this is not the accepted way.
> Any ideas from the community on how do do this properly?
> Thanks for the help!
> Cheers,
> Jarrett
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