[R-pkg-devel] Another newbie question: vignettes not appearing in GitHub hosted package

Chris Evans chr|@ho|d @end|ng |rom p@yctc@org
Wed Apr 14 20:17:02 CEST 2021

Oh no, how embarrassing!  

But in my defence, am I the only one who thinks having build_vignettes = FALSE as default is a bit anti-vignettes?!

Many thanks both, 


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Zhian N. Kamvar" <zkamvar using gmail.com>
> To: "r-package-devel" <r-package-devel using r-project.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 17:57:11
> Subject: Re: [R-pkg-devel] Another newbie question: vignettes not appearing in GitHub hosted package

> Hi Chris,
> You need to add the `build_vignettes = TRUE` argument to `install_github()`.
> On 4/14/21 9:53 AM, Chris Evans wrote:
>> As ever, my package is https://github.com/cpsyctc/CECPfuns and I am building
>> withing Rstudio 1.4.1103
>> I am aiming for the package to have fairly comprehensive vignettes and there are
>> four now, but two are very incomplete.
>> The problem I have may relate to
>> https://github.com/Kenkleinman/clusterPower/issues/113 and to
>> https://github.com/rstudio/rstudio/issues/1766 or it may not. I have a nasty
>> feeling that I am just looking
>> straight through something obvious.
>> When I run
>> browseVignettes(package = "CECPfuns")
>> within Rstudio working on the package I see the vignettes and I have now got
>> pkgdown working to compile the
>> lovely web site around the package (at https://cecpfuns.psyctc.org/) and I see
>> the vignettes there and they
>> update.
>> The bizarre thing that is beating me is that when I pull the package down to any
>> machine with
>> remotes::install_github("cpsyctc/CECPfuns")
>> gets the function but no vignettes! Here's an example from my little Pi machine:
>>> remotes::install_github("cpsyctc/CECPfuns")
>> Downloading GitHub repo cpsyctc/CECPfuns using HEAD
>> ✔ checking for file
>> ‘/tmp/RtmpPhD1Rg/remotes294e1d1ff9d6/cpsyctc-CECPfuns-ab23518/DESCRIPTION’
>> (722ms)
>> ─ preparing ‘CECPfuns’:
>> ✔ checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ...
>> ─ installing the package to process help pages
>> ─ checking for LF line-endings in source and make files and shell scripts
>> (13.7s)
>> ─ checking for empty or unneeded directories
>> ─ looking to see if a ‘data/datalist’ file should be added
>> ─ building ‘CECPfuns_0.0.0.9041.tar.gz’
>> * installing *source* package ‘CECPfuns’ ...
>> ** using staged installation
>> ** R
>> ** inst
>> ** byte-compile and prepare package for lazy loading
>> ** help
>> *** installing help indices
>> ** building package indices
>> ** installing vignettes
>> ** testing if installed package can be loaded from temporary location
>> ** testing if installed package can be loaded from final location
>> ** testing if installed package keeps a record of temporary installation path
>> * DONE (CECPfuns)
>>> browseVignettes(package = "CECPfuns")
>> No vignettes found by browseVignettes(package = "CECPfuns")
>> I hope someone can see what I'm doing wrong! As ever, TIA,
>> Chris
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