RE: [Rd] R-2.0.0 Install problem for pkg bundle w inter-dependent namespaces

From: Warnes, Gregory R <>
Date: Tue 21 Sep 2004 - 05:10:32 EST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin Maechler []
> Greg> So, what is the proper way to handle this? Is there
> Greg> some way to manually specify the package install order?
> Well, isn't the order in the 'Contains:' field of the bundle
> DESCRIPTION file used?
> If not, please consider sending patches for
> src/scripts/

OK, that's the simple thing that I had been overlooking. Changing the the Contains line to provide the packages in the order that they should be installed fixed the problem.

May I suggest that the significance of the ordering in the Contains: field be added to the (extremely brief) description of in "Writing R Extensions"?

Perhaps change the text to:

	The 'Contains' field lists the packages, which should be contained
	in separate subdirectories with the names given.   During buiding 
	and installation, packages will be installed in the order specified.
	Be sure to order this list so that dependencies are appropriately
	The packages contained in a bundle are standard packages in all 
	respects except that the 'DESCRIPTION' file is replaced by a
	file which just contains fields additional to the 'DESCRIPTION' file

	of the bundle, for example 


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