[Rd] inst/ and hidden files/directories, especially inst/.svn/?

From: Henrik Bengtsson <hb_at_biostat.ucsf.edu>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:53:20 -0700

In Section 'Package subdirectories' of 'Writing R Extensions', it says about the inst/ directory that:

"The contents of the inst subdirectory will be copied recursively to the installation directory (except perhaps hidden files with names starting with .)."

Indeed, on Windows with R v2.12.0 patched (2010-11-01 r53513) and R v2.13.0 devel (2010-11-01 r53513), if you have:


that subdirectory .bar/ will be included in the *.tar.gz and *.zip builds. However, .svn/ is as in:


is only included in the *.zip file, not the *.tar.gz file.

Is this expected? The "perhaps" in the documentation indicates that.


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