Re: [Rd] Rcmd_environ and R_LIBS_{USER,SITE}

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:12:50 -0500


On 18 October 2012 at 09:14, Keith Jewell wrote:
| No reply in a number of hours, so here is a suggestion from ignorance :-}
| ?Startup refers to a number of other "site and user files to process for

Thanks, and I know, and use those on Linux (and on 'doze when I use it). My question was specifically about 'R CMD foo' which skips some of these by choice, and which Rcmd_environ appears to overcome, albeit imcompletely. I still have an issue on Windows where I cannot split my package installations between those that come and go with R installations, and the others.

But it is truly bizarre that I can do (on Windows)

  R CMD INSTALL foo_1.2-3.tar.gz

and a moment later

  R CMD check foo_1.2-3.tar.gz

fails in its tests and examples with "no package called 'foo'"

Doing 'R CMD check --no-examples --no-tests foo_1.2-3.tar.gz' works, but is less helpful as we're running the check to run those very tests...


| setting environment variables" but not to Rcmd_environ. The contents of
| $R_HOME/etc/Rcmd_environ seem to reflect (some of) the contents of
| (some) other files.
| I have similar lines (defining library paths) in
| $R_HOME/etc/
| Is it correct to directly edit Rcmd_environ or should it be modified
| only via other files? (A genuine question).
| On 17/10/2012 15:59, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
| >
| > Is there a fundamental reason why I cannot set either one of
| >
| > ## add local library path -- doesn't work either
| > R_LIBS_USER="c:/opt/R-library"
| > R_LIBS_SITE="c:/opt/R-library"
| >
| > in $R_HOME/etc/Rcmd_environ even though I can seemingly set other things here?
| >
| > It breaks "R CMD check" for me as I prefer NOT to install packages in a
| > versioned path.
| >
| > FWIW, defaulting to a versioned path is (to this no-longer-bemused user) as
| > much a permenent R bug (on Windoze) as the default installation into a path
| > with spaces.
| >
| > Dirk
| >
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