[Rd] Display instruction text on package load

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Apr 8 15:07:46 CEST 2012

On 07/04/2012 22:27, Thomas J. Leeper wrote:
> I'm currently working on a new package for R that interfaces with an API.
> Most of the package's functionality requires users to supply an access key
> that allows the package to work with the API. I want to display text
> immediately upon loading the package that instructs/reminds users to enter
> their access key before attempting to do anything (as the package won't
> really work without it). I've searched the relevant help files for creating
> packages but haven't been able find anything about how to do this. As an
> example, library(Zelig) does what I'm trying to achieve.
> Thanks for your help! And sorry if there's an obvious answer to this that I
> am oblivious to.
> -Thomas


(You could also look at the sources for package Zelig, but actually it 
is a poor example since it ignores the arguments to .onAttach, and 
wastes time calling packageDescription() twice.)

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