Re: [Rd] Building R package with precompiled shared library

From: Paul Gilbert <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:52:54 +0000

My understanding is that this cannot be done, for both licence and security reasons. The package build expects source code and removes binaries. You can link with binaries that are provided separately from the package, possibly coming from a vendor that sells non-open source code, but you cannot include them in the package.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:r-devel-bounces_at_r-
>] On Behalf Of Francesco Finazzi
> Sent: September 14, 2011 3:41 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Rd] Building R package with precompiled shared library
> Dear R users,
> we are trying to build a R package that includes a precompiled shared
> library, let's say We created the skeleton of the package
> and we moved the file into the libs folder that we created at
> the same level of the folders man and R. Moreover we created the file
> NAMESPACE and we added the line useDynLib(mylib, .registration=TRUE).
> The building step seems to work correctly but when we try to install
> the package we get
> ** testing if installed package can be loaded
> Error in library.dynam(lib, package, package.lib) :
> shared library 'mylib' not found
> we cannot understand what's wrong and where R searches for the
> files.
> Any suggestion?
> Thanks,
> Michela and Francesco
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