[R-SIG-Mac] hidden files and directories

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 6 08:06:49 CEST 2013

On 06/08/2013 01:16, David Winsemius wrote:
> On Aug 5, 2013, at 5:00 PM, Rohmatul Fajriyah wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I tried to build an R package (from the terminal) and everything was ok until R CMD check PackageName and I got this message:
>> ......
>> * checking for hidden files and directories ... NOTE
>> Found the following hidden files and directories:
>>    .DS_Store
>>    man/.Rapp.history
> Those files would both be invisible when using the Finder.app unless you used ls in a terminal session, but I guess you figured that out

invisible *by default*: it is a Finder setting.

>> These were most likely included in error. See section ‘Package
>> structure’ in the ‘Writing R Extensions’ manual.
>> ......
>> I, then:
>> a. went through the archives of this mailing list (until January 2011) and I could not find a similar problem.
>> (apologise, if I missed it)
> In 2008 it was reported in the NEWS for R 2.7.1 that:
> http://markmail.org/search/?q=list%3Aorg.r-project.r-help+DS_Store#query:list%3Aorg.r-project.r-help%20DS_Store+page:1+mid:cx3hryqssis2slx7+state:results
> o R CMD build tries harder to clean up the inst/doc directory from the remnants of earlier builds.
> It also removes any directories with extension .Rcheck, and files .DS_Store and ._* (created by tar on Mac OS X under some circumstances: it now sets environment variables to ask for such files not to be created by that tar.)
> So we need to ask if this was just a warning message. It appears that there are mechanisms in place to remove those files.
> (It's arguably an R-devel topic.)

It seems the OP did not use R CMD build, rather R CMD check.

But files like man/.Rapp.history will need to be removed manually.

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