[Rd] R CMD check issue with soft-linked directory

From: Prof. John C Nash <nashjc_at_uottawa.ca>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:43:41 -0500

I've been having some strange problems with R CMD check in the last couple of days, but now believe I have localized the issue.

I had been running Ubuntu Hardy on one drive and then upgraded to Jaunty, but put Jaunty on a different drive. I continue to be able to boot Hardy when I wish. I soft-linked my R working area i.e.,

   /home/john/Rstuff ----> /media/lnx804/home/john/Rstuff

I can still build packages fine, but get

john_at_nsrv-jaunty:~/jtest$ R CMD check minqa
* checking for working pdflatex ... OK

It looks like this package has a loading problem: see the messages for details.

The above test was run with a newly created jtest/ directory on yet another drive (partition) to see if there was possibly corruption. However, the issue seems to be one of using a softlink.

I would not be upset if R CMD check simply told me that this isn't the right way to do things i.e., don't use the softlinked directory.

Does anyone know if this is a recognized issue and is it possible to put some sort of reasonable error message into R CMD check?


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