[Rd] Where to put package vignettes

Yihui Xie xie at yihui.name
Thu Feb 20 18:37:46 CET 2014

It is not guaranteed that knitr vignettes will work for R < 3.0.x
(even with the Makefile approach, which was really a hack). Unless you
must stay with R 2.15.x, you are strongly recommended to upgrade to R
3.0.x and forget about the Makefile approach. Then follow the three
steps mentioned in http://yihui.name/knitr/demo/vignette/

If you still cannot work it out, please point us to the source of your package.

Yihui Xie <xieyihui at gmail.com>
Web: http://yihui.name

On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM,  <Guillermo.Vinue at uv.es> wrote:
> Dear Søren,
> Thank you very much for your answer, it solved my problem and now my
> package can be installed both on Linux and Windows and the vignette is
> available in both systems. I put the vignette in /vignettes.
> However, unfortunately my problems have not ended here. As mentioned, my
> vignette is built with knitr and with the following commands:
> 1) R CMD check foo
> 2) R CMD build foo
> 3) R CMD INSTALL foo_xxx.tar.gz
> the vignette is built with Sweave!
> I have read in http://yihui.name/knitr/demo/vignette/ that in that case,
> a Makefile should be incorporated.
> I have incorporated in /inst/doc the makefile from
> https://github.com/yihui/knitr/blob/7eb34104/inst/doc/Makefile
> however, my vignette is still built with Sweave. I use R 2.15.2.
> How can I fix this performance?.
> Thank you very much again.
> Best regards,
> Guillermo
>> My understanding is this:
>> 1) Put vignettes files (.Rnw files) in the /vignettes subdirectory. 2)
> Build the package foo with R CMD build foo. 3) Install the package with
> R CMD INSTALL foo_xxx.tar.gz
>> Then the vignettes will be available. However you can also install the
> package with R CMD INSTALL foo, but then the vignettes will *not* be
> available (because it is in the build process that the vignettes go from
> /vignettes to /inst/doc)
>> Regards
>> Søren
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org
> [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Guillermo.Vinue at uv.es
>> Sent: 20. februar 2014 12:19
>> To: r-devel at r-project.org
>> Subject: [Rd] Where to put package vignettes
>> Dear R-devel list,
>> My name is Guillermo Vinué. I have created an R package that includes
> a vignette. Earlier on, to test my package, I tried to install it both
> in Linux and Windows and it worked. My vignette was in /inst/doc.
>> Now, I have finished for good and before submitting my package to CRAN
> I've tried to install it again first in Linux and then in Windows (I
> removed that first installation some time ago).
>> My package was succesfully installed in Linux (Fedora 18 and R 2.15.2)
> and the vignette was available. However, when trying to install it in
> Windows (R 3.0.2), unfortunately the vignette didn't appear. My vignette
> is build with knitr.
>> In fact, if I first install the package on Windows, the vignette is
> accesible, but then in Linux, not.
>> I have read that as from R 2.14.0 the preferred location for the
> Sweave sources is the subdirectory vignettes of the source packages, but
> for compatibility with earlier versions of R, vignette sources will be
> looked for in inst/doc if vignettes does not exist.
>> Where do I have to put my vignette so that it could be available with
> any installation and which files (.Rnw or .pdf) should be included?.
>> I hope you can clarify my doubts. I have seen the collection of prior
> postings to the list, but I have not found a specifical answer to my
> doubts .
>> Thank you very much in advance.
>> Best regards,
>> Guillermo

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