Re: [Rd] Vignette questions

From: Yihui Xie <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:28:39 -0500

For 1, you should run R CMD check on the tar ball (pkg_x.x.tar.gz) from R CMD build instead of the source directory. R CMD build will build the PDF vignette into the tar ball.

For 2, I have been confused by ./vignettes vs ./inst/doc since ./vignettes was introduced. I might be able to figure it out by try-and-err but I never tried, and I'm still sticking to ./inst/doc. At least you can exclude the Rnw source in .Rbuildignore so that R can only stare at your PDF documents and sigh.

For 3, I remember some of us requested that R could also respect entries of non-Sweave vignettes (like the ones in ./demo/00Index), but this is not possible as far as I know. However, I can tell you a dark voodoo seems to be still working: you can write your own index.html under ./inst/doc with your own links to vignettes.


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On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Terry Therneau <> wrote:

> Context: R2.15-0 on Ubuntu.
> 1. I get a WARNING from CMD check for "Package vignette(s) without
> corresponding PDF:
>  In this case the vignettes directory had both the pdf and Rnw; do I need to
> move the pdf to inst/doc?
>   I'm reluctant to add the pdf to the svn source on Rforge, per the usual
> rule that a code management system should not have both a primary source and
> a object dervived from it under version control.  However, if this is the
> suggested norm I could do so.
> 2. Close reading of the paragraph about vignette sources shows the following
> -- I think?  If I have a vignette that should not be rebuilt by "check" or
> "BUILD" I should put the .Rnw source and pdf in /inst/doc, and have the
> others that should be rebuilt in /vignettes.  This would include any that
> use "private R packages, screen snapshots, ...", or in my case one that
> takes just a little short of forever to run.
> 3. Do these unprocessed package also contribute to the index via
> \VignetteIndexEntry lines, or will I need to create a custom index?
> Terry Therneau
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