[R] Basic package structure question

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jun 23 10:48:11 CEST 2006

On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Joerg van den Hoff wrote:

> just to confirm duncan murdochs remark:
> our Windows machines lack proper development environments (mainly
> missing perl is the problem for pure R-code packages, I believe?) and we
> bypass this (for pure R-code packages only, of course) by
> 1.) install the package on the unix machine into the desired R library
> 2.) zip the _installed_ package (not the source tree!) found in the R
>   	    library directory
> 3.) transfer this archive to the Windows machine
> 4.) unzip directly into the desired library destination
> this procedure up to now always worked including properly installed
> manpages (text + html (and I hope this remains the case in the future...)

>From README.packages:

   If your package has no compiled code it is possible that zipping up the
   installed package on Linux will produce an installable package on
   Windows.  (It has always worked for us, but failures have been reported.)

so this is indeed already documented, and does not work for everyone.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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