[Rd] packages with Sweave and knitr vignettes?

Henrik Bengtsson hb at biostat.ucsf.edu
Fri Aug 23 23:49:17 CEST 2013

On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM, Michael Friendly <friendly at yorku.ca> wrote:
> Now that R 3.0.0+ supports non-Sweave vignettes, R-exts \S 1.4.2 seems to
> imply that
> it is possible to include both Sweave and knitr vignettes in a single
> package.
> I'm wondering
> if anyone has tried this and/or if there are some hidden gotchas putting
> this into practice,
> and concerned about creating problems with CRAN checks if I try this.
> Consider two vignettes:
> pkg/vignettes/vign1.Rnw, containing:
> % !Rnw weave = Sweave
> %\VignetteEngine{Sweave}
> ...
> pkg/vignettes/vign2.Rnw, containing:
> % !Rnw weave = knitr
> %\VignetteEngine{knitr::knitr}
> ...
> both are .Rnw files, distinguished only by \VignetteEngine. vign1.Rnw is
> currently in my
> package, and vign2.Rnw compiles OK outside it, using knitr in an R console
> or RStudio.
> R-exts implies that the DESCRIPTION file must include (minimally):
> VignetteBuilder: Sweave, knitr
> Suggests: knitr

The vignette-builder package for Sweave is 'utils' (not Sweave), so you want:

VignetteBuilder: utils, knitr

However, as said in 'Writing R Extensions', "The utils package is
always implicitly appended to the list of builder packages.", so you
don't really need to add it, but personally I'd say it's a nice
gesture to make it explicit which vignette-builder package you are

Also, the full formal engine name for Sweave is utils::Sweave, so for
complete parallelism with knitr::knitr, you could be explicit and
write \VignetteEngine{utils::Sweave}.


> Is anything more/different required?  Does a package exist that does this?
> -Michael
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