[Rd] system.file() to read a text file from a vignette

Michael Friendly friendly at yorku.ca
Wed Mar 23 15:03:08 CET 2011

[Env: R 2.12.2, WinXp]

In a vignette for the vcdExtra package, I had a text file, tv.dat under 
data/, that I used in the vignette as


I was told that this now generates a warning for non-Rdata files in R 
CMD check. But I'm now confused about
where to put this and how to use system.file() in the vignette to read 
it. The R-exts.pdf says

The R working directory for all vignette tests in R CMD
check is the installed version of the ‘doc’ subdirectory. Make sure all 
files needed by the vignette
(data sets, . . . ) are accessible by either placing them in the 
‘inst/doc’ hierarchy of the source
package, or using calls to system.file().

So, I moved this file to inst/doc/extdata/tv.dat, and changed the 
vignette to


But I get the error:
Error: processing vignette 'vcd-tutorial.Rnw' failed with diagnostics:
chunk 23 (label=tv1)
Error in read.table(system.file("inst", "doc", "extdata", "tv.dat", 
package = "vcdExtra")) :
no lines available in input

How can I fix this?

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