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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sat May 4 01:58:59 CEST 2019

On 03/05/2019 6:33 p.m., 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())}
> ... 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?

Use the tempfile() function to generate a filename in the temporary 
directory.  You might want to use the "pattern" or "fileext" arguments, 
but don't change the "tmpdir" argument.

Then write to that file.

For example,

filename <- tempfile(fileext = ".csv")
write.csv(df, filename)

It's a good idea to clean up afterwards using


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