[Rd] Hidden files in source packages

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Aug 27 09:46:00 CEST 2012

R-devel has been warning for some time about hidden files (in the Unix 
sense, starting with a period) in source packages.   We could get R CMD 
build and the CRAN incoming scripts to remove these *if* we knew that 
they were never needed.

It seems clear that


are R leftovers,


is from an Apple filesystem and

.tex .log .aux .pdf .png

are junk (as file names, not extensions).

However, is there ever any reason for any of


to be in a source package tarball?  (For some of these it is not clear 
where they come from since there are multiple possible origins.)

If you know of a reason to retain any of these, please let 
CRAN at r-project.org know (with 'Hidden files' in the subject line).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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