[Rd] executable files R package

From: sahir bhatnagar <sahir.bhatnagar_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:36:29 -0500


I am in the process of creating a package in R which calls pre-compiled C code i.e. '.exe' files in Windows.

Since CRAN will not accept packages with binary code files, what are my options to meet the requirements while still including the executable file?

I read section 1.5.2 of the manual which mentions three options two of which involve negotiating with CRAN administrators. The third references the package Cairo which arranges to download additional software, but I don't see how this will allow my package to get accepted.

It would seem that I need to ensure that my package works under both architectures (32 and 64 bit).

  1. Would this be sufficient to get it accepted?
  2. If so, does anyone have any documentation in performing this task, or can someone point me in the right direction?

I was told that 'arulesSequences' is an example of a CRAN package while compiles executables. Was this package accepted because it worked under both architectures? or are there other reasons.

thanks



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