Re: [Rd] Packing of data files in packages

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat 28 Aug 2004 - 01:52:47 EST

On Fri, 27 Aug 2004, Kjetil Brinchmann Halvorsen wrote:

> Hola!
> I am writing a package with some large data files, so it would be good to
> use the feature of zipping data.
> However, I use .R files to read in the data from one (sometimes more)
> files, so Rcmd build --zip-data

I think you mean Rcmd INSTALL here: build --binary is just a wrapper

> gives a package which does'nt work. How should I do it, is it better ti
> zip each data file individually and use the functions to read from
> zipped files, or are there some other solution?
> Did'nt find anything in "Writing R extensions".

Did you notice about .rda files? Writing compressed .rda files is the best way to provide large datasets.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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