Many R packages are "noarch" and shoud be installed in /usr/share/R/library.
Can this be supported?
Well, for starters, none of the R packages in Fedora are "noarch". Can you give
me an example of a noarch R package?
Well, currently in extras the only candidate I think is R-mAr. I've also
packaged R-systemfit for local use and was planning on submitting to Fedora when
I noticed this issue. Spec and source are at
http://www.cora.nwra.com/~orion/fedora. It seems to make sense to make R-mAr
and R-systemfit noarch and install them in the same location (/usr/share/R or
/usr/lib/R, I don't really care) on i386 and x86_64. But it seems like R will
only look in /usr/lib/R/library and /usr/lib64/R/library respectively. This may
be too hard to change, and it definitely should be an upstream thing.
Among 56 R packages I packaged as dependencies of
R-mFilter, 21 seems to be noarch. They are not necessarily
well packaged nor suitable for fedora.
Added support for /usr/share/R/library to R-2.4.1-4 (for FC-5, FC-6, devel).
Please reopen this bug if noarch packages do not work properly.
Another issue we have to consider:
Currently, R packages do the following in %post/%postun:
cat /usr/lib/R/library/*/CONTENTS > /usr/lib/R/doc/html/search/index.txt
which assumes all packages are in /usr/lib/R/library, and that
Can we also have a /usr/share/R/library/doc/html/search/ directory? Do we just
move the exitsting one there (and have to update all R packages)? I'm not
really sure what functionality this provides.