[R-pkg-devel] How to refer to COPYRIGHTS and AUTHORS extra files in DESCRIPTION

git demont g|t@demont @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Jul 7 19:30:08 CEST 2020

Hi all,

Sorry for asking again, but I got absolutely no advice on how to
correctly refer to extra copyrights and authors files in package
I know this can be considered as impolite and I don't want to do so.
So, I waited one week until sending the present message and I promise I
will not send another to ask for the same thing after this one.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 4:04 PM git demont <git.demont using gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am developing a package called 'IFC'.
> https://github.com/gitdemont/IFC/
> <https://github.com/gitdemont/IFC/tree/v0.0.7>
> Last submission (v0.0.7) was almost the final one to get it CRAN
> https://github.com/gitdemont/IFC/tree/v0.0.7
> It was manually checked and it should be accepted if I removed a dontrun
> (that I unfortunately forgot).
> For the next submission ( I hope it will be the good one ), in addition to
> fixing the dontrun, I would like to include a small modification that was
> not asked. I would like to avoid another round of submission/review by
> introducing an issue that was not here. In DESCRIPTION of 'IFC', I am
> inviting users to refer to files for copyrights and authorship. "See file
> inst/COPYRIGHTS and file inst/AUTHORS for a list of copyright holders and
> authors"
> However, I am not sure whether I should say 'inst/COPYRIGHTS' and
> 'inst/AUTHORS' because these files are in the 'inst/' directory of the
> built tar.gz, or if I should only refer to 'COPYRIGHTS' and 'AUTHORS'
> (without inst/) because once installed these files will be at the root of
> IFC library directory.
> The same question olds for "Copyright: file inst/COPYRIGHTS".
> In CRAN policies, one can read:
> "Where copyrights are held by an entity other than the package authors,
> this should preferably be indicated via ‘cph’ roles in the ‘Authors using R> field, or using a ‘Copyright’ field (if necessary referring to an
> inst/COPYRIGHTS file)."
> In 'RcppMsgPack' for instance we have:
> - in the description: "See the files 'COPYRIGHTS' and 'AUTHORS' for a full
> list of copyright holders and contributors to 'msgpack-c'."
> - in the copyrights: "inst/COPYRIGHTS".
> Best,
> Yohann

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