[R-pkg-devel] Including fst in inst/extdata

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd @end|ng |rom deb|@n@org
Fri May 1 03:54:55 CEST 2020

On 30 April 2020 at 17:43, Hugh Parsonage wrote:
| For reference, the file mode was not set as executable; however,
| `file` was reporting a particular file (only one of several .fst
| files) as a  DOS executable (COM, 0x8C-variant), which according to
| comments in the code of "file" appears to be a common false positive.

Interesting. So the heuristic of looking at the first few bytes was fooled.
Well, stuff happens, esp with heuristics, once N goes to 'really large'  ...

| Converting the character columns to ASCII and changing the order of
| the columns changed the output of file to 'data'.  Dropping a column
| also prevented the false identification.

Nice. The check is there to help. It may get things wrong. A good portion of
the traffic on this list is on perceived or actual errors in these checks. So
here you found an actual one, or rather, the reason why info supplied to one
was misleading.


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