Re: [R] Persistent storage between package invocations

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:57:18 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 15 Mar 2011, Hadley Wickham wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Does anyone have any advice or experience storing package settings
> between R runs? Can I rely on the user's home directory (e.g.
> tools::file_path_as_absolute("~")) to be available and writeable
> across platforms?

No. First, please use path.expand("~") for this, and it does not necessarily mean the home directory (and in principle it might not expand at all). In practice I think it will always be *a* home directory, but on Windows there may be more than one (and watch out for local/roaming profile differences).

Second, it need not be writeable, and so many package authors write rubbish in my home directory that I usually arrange it not be writeable to R test processes.

If you want something writeable across processes, use dirname(tempdir()) .

>
> Hadley
>
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