[Rd] Depending/Importing data only packages

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Sat Dec 7 21:05:46 CET 2013

On 13-12-06 4:20 PM, Hadley Wickham wrote:
> Hi all,
> What should you do when you rely on a data only package. If you just
> "Depend" on it, you get the following from R CMD check:
> Package in Depends field not imported from: 'hflights'
>    These packages needs to imported from for the case when
>    this namespace is loaded but not attached.
> But there's nothing in the namespace to import, so adding it to
> imports doesn't seem like the right answer.  Is that just a spurious
> note?
> Hadley

I don't know whether the author of that note would consider it spurious 
or not.   A simple workaround for you (as the author of hflights) is to 
put a function into the namespace.  For example, get_hflights(), that 
gets a copy of the data:

get_hflights <- function() {
   data("hflights", package="hflights", envir=environment())

I don't know a simple workaround for someone who depends on a data-only 
package that they did not author.

Duncan Murdoch

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