Re: [Rd] R CMD check: non source files in src on (2.3.0 RC (2006-04-19 r37860))

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 20 Apr 2006 - 06:58:03 GMT

On Wed, 19 Apr 2006, James Bullard wrote:

> Hello, I am having an issue with R CMD check with the nightly build of
> RC 2.3.0 (listed in the subject.)

This is all explained in TFM, `Writing R Extensions'.

> The problem is this warning:
> * checking if this is a source package ... WARNING
> Subdirectory 'src' contains:
> README _Makefile
> These are unlikely file names for src files.
> In fact, they are not source files, but I do not see any reason why they
> cannot be there, or why I need to be warned of their presence.
> Potentially I could be informed of their presence, but that is another
> matter.

Having unnecessary files in other people's packages just waste space and download bandwidth for each one of the users.

> Now, I only get this warning when I do:
> R CMD build affxparser
> R CMD check -l ~/R-packages/ affxparser_1.3.3.tar.gz
> If I do:
> R CMD check -l ~/R-packages affxparser
> I do not get the warning. Is this inconsistent, or is there rationale
> behind this? I think the warning is inappropriate, or at the least a
> little restrictive. It seems as if I should be able to put whatever I
> want in there, especially the _Makefile as I like to build test programs
> directly and I want to be able to build exactly what I check out from
> my source code repository without having to copy files in and out.

All described in TFM, including how to set defaults for what is checked.

> The output from R CMD check is below. Any insight would be appreciated.
> As always thanks for your patience.


Brian D. Ripley,        
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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