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Enable install_github to specify a subdir of github repo to use as package root #64

lianos opened this issue Feb 20, 2012 · 7 comments


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lianos commented Feb 20, 2012

Currently, install_github assumes the that the repository named in the params served as the root of the R package.

Adding support for a packge that looks like so would be helpful:

+ my-uber-project
`- C/
|   + C src files that are the core of my library
`- Python/
|  +- Python language bindings
`- R/
   +- R/
   +- src/

Imagine that the R subfolder of my-uber-project repository is CRAN-stallable binding/part/whatever of my-uber-project.

You can imagine calling install_github something like:

install_github('my-uber-package', 'lianos', subdir=c('R''))

Where subdir might support a character vector, eg. c('path', 'to', 'subfolder', 'with', 'R-pkg').

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lianos commented Feb 20, 2012

I'll take a shot at forking + provide pull request if others also find this useful -- just wanted to get some feedback on a good way to name/specify the subdir param I'm proposing.

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hadley commented Feb 21, 2012

I'd recommend working with install_url - then all other install methods will follow natural. I think subdir is probably an ok param name.

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To give another example where this could be useful: R-Forge subversion repositories also have this structure: the package are not at the root of the repository, but under a pkg directory off the root.

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hadley commented Feb 23, 2012

I wonder if we also need an install_rforge function.

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jlehtoma commented Mar 4, 2012

@lianos we would definitely find this feature really useful! We're exactly in the situation @BrianDiggs described: maintaining the dev-version in GitHub and pushing the releases to R-Forge for Win and Mac builds. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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hadley commented Apr 18, 2012

Anyone have any repos I can test this on?

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Thanks for looking into this. Here's one repo you can test with:

Few notes:

  • Branch rforge-dir-structure is what is on R-forge, so ideally this would work
install_github(repo='soRvi-dev', username='louhos', branch='rforge-dir-structure', subdir='pkg')
  • master is essentially the content of pkg dir in R-Forge; this currently works with install_github
  • Our package currently has (too!) many dependencies, which may cause some trouble

@hadley hadley closed this as completed in 8c40aa7 Apr 18, 2012
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