[Rd] putting binary files in a package

From: Ben Bolker <bolker_at_zoo.ufl.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 21:02:01 -0400

   I have some binaries I would like to distribute with a package (I am not the original author; I have the source code but can't distribute it because it contains _Numerical Recipes_ code. The long-term solution is to replace the code with new code written in R, or in clean C, but in the meantime ...)

   I'm uncertain both where they ought to go and where they will work (and hoping there is someplace that will satisfy both). I had them in the exec/ directory: according to R-exts,

    Subdirectory 'exec' could contain additional executables the   package needs, typically scripts for interpreters such as the shell,   Perl, or Tcl. This mechanism is currently used only by a very few   packages, and still experimental.

I refer to the executables in the code as follows:

  if (is.null(progdir))
    progdir <- file.path(.path.package("cpcbp"),"exec")   if (is.null(progname))


this installs fine on my system, and I believe I have successfully cross-built the package in the past. However, when I uploaded to win-builder.r-project.org, I got

Warning: Impossible to run e:\temp\R-RELE~1\lib\cpcbp\exec2\PHILLI~2.EXE Warning: cannot open file
'e:/temp/R-release/cpcbp.Rcheck\cpcout7f5579da', reason 'No such file or directory'

  I tried putting it in inst/exec2 instead (and changing the directory above), but that doesn't seem to work either. On my system (see below), it installs just fine ...

  any ideas?

> sessionInfo()

R version 2.5.0 (2007-04-23)


attached base packages:
[1] "stats" "graphics" "grDevices" "utils" "datasets" "methods" [7] "base"

other attached packages:

   cpcbp lattice MASS
   "0.3" "0.15-8" "7.2-34"

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