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could 'install_deps()' work within project sub-directory? #1905

kevinushey opened this Issue Oct 25, 2018 · 3 comments


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kevinushey commented Oct 25, 2018


> devtools::install_deps()
Warning in read.dcf(path) :
  cannot open compressed file '/Users/kevin/r/pkg/Rcpp/inst/unitTests/DESCRIPTION', probable reason 'No such file or directory'
Error in read.dcf(path) : cannot open the connection

I was briefly working in the inst/unitTests folder for Rcpp; discovered I was missing some development dependencies, and was hoping an install_deps() would do the trick. It'd be nice if this function looked upwards for a package root + associated DESCRIPTION file.


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jimhester commented Oct 25, 2018

This is how it used to work when install_deps() was in devtools, but the functions in remotes don't do this so we no longer have this functionality.

One way to get it back is to use devtools::package_file(), e.g.



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kevinushey commented Oct 26, 2018

Do you think devtools / remotes should do this? Could they use rprojroot::find_package_root_file() as a default? Or should I just learn to live with the change in behavior?

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