write_PACKAGES {tools}R Documentation

Generating a PACKAGES file


Generating a ‘PACKAGES’ file for a repository of source or Windows binary packages.


write_PACKAGES(dir, fields,
               type = c("source", "mac.binary", "win.binary"),
               verbose = FALSE)


dir Character vector describing the location of the repository (directory including source or binary packages) to generate the ‘PACKAGES’ file from and write it to.
fields Optional, the fields to be used in the ‘PACKAGES’ file. The default are those needed by available.packages: “Package”, “Bundle”, “Priority”, “Version”, “Depends”, “Suggests”, “Imports” and “Contains”.
type Type of packages: currently source .tar.gz archives and Windows binary .zip packages are supported. Defaults to "win.binary" on Windows and to "source" otherwise.
verbose logical. Should packages be listed as they are processed?


type = "win.binary" uses unz connections to read all ‘DESCRIPTION’ files contained in the (zipped) binary packages for Windows in the given directory dir, and builds a ‘PACKAGES’ file from these information.


Invisibly returns the number of packages described in the resulting ‘PACKAGES’ file. If 0, no packages were found and no ‘PACKAGES’ file has been written.


Processing .tar.gz archives to extract the ‘DESCRIPTION’ files is quite slow.

This function can be useful on other OSes to prepare a repository to be accessed by Windows machines, so type = "winBinary" should work on all OSes.


Uwe Ligges and R-core.

See Also

See read.dcf and write.dcf for reading ‘DESCRIPTION’ files and writing the ‘PACKAGES’ file.


## Not run: 
write_PACKAGES("c:/myFolder/myRepository")  # on Windows
               type="win.binary")  # on Linux
## End(Not run)

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