Re: [Rd] Building Packages on Windows using .Rbuildignore (PR#7379)

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Mon 22 Nov 2004 - 13:08:54 EST

On Mon, 22 Nov 2004 01:54:53 +0000 (UTC), Gabor Grothendieck <> wrote:

>Assuming that the behavior of the R CMD commands is changed
>so that they respect .Rbuildignore but that no flag or
>switch is immediately implemented to turn on and off
>.Rbuildignore processing

That's a premature assumption. At the moment it seems there are two other proposals on the table:

> I have the following workaround
>to allow the user to implement either situation.
>It is simple enough that it does not require a script.
>I have not actually tried it out yet since the changed
>commands are not yet available.

>It applies to Windows or UNIX but is described below relative
>to Windows and to an assumed folder tree called mypkg
>which is the folder that contains .Rbuildignore.
>1. in Windows Explorer create a second folder called
>2. select all files and folders directly within mypkg except
>.Rbuildignore and right-click drag them to mypkg-shortcuts
>selecting Create ShortCut after letting up on the right
>mouse button. That will create a shortcut to each file and
>folder in mypkg. (Note that the files and folders dragged
>include DESCRIPTION, R, man, etc. directly in mypkg but
>not the .files another level deep such as the .R and .Rd
>files within R and man.)

I don't think it will work in Windows. Windows shortcuts aren't soft links, they're just files that the shell sometimes interprets that way. Most other programs just see them as regular files, and won't know to use them as links.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Mon Nov 22 13:20:26 2004

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