[Rd] Reading a specific file during "R CMD check"?

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Sat Feb 5 04:27:42 CET 2011

Hi Spencer,

I think one of the early phases of R CMD check is R CMD install - it
installs the package into a special location so that it doesn't
override existing installed packages, but still allows function to
work exactly as if they were in an installed package.


On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 7:57 PM, Spencer Graves
<spencer.graves at structuremonitoring.com> wrote:
> Hello, All:
>      How can I obtain the location of an example data file in a package
> during "R CMD check"?
>      I want to include sample raw data files in a package and have them read
> by a function in the package.  It occurs to me to put such a file in
> "\inst\rawdata" and have examples find the data using something like
> "system.file('rawdata', package='MyPackage')". However, this will only work
> if the desired data are already in a version of 'MyPackage' that is already
> installed.  If I change the data, this will return the old data, not the
> modified.  I've looked at packages RUnit and svUnit, but have not spent
> enough time with either to know if they include a solution to this problem.
>      Thanks for your help.
>      Spencer
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