Package 'rprofile'

Title: Load Both User-Global and Project-Specific R Profile Configurations
Description: Use rprofile::load() inside a project '.Rprofile' file to ensure that the user-global '.Rprofile' is loaded correctly regardless of its location, and that other common resources (in particular 'renv') are also set up correctly.
Authors: Konrad Rudolph [cre, aut] , F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG [cph, fnd]
Maintainer: Konrad Rudolph <[email protected]>
License: MIT + file LICENSE
Built: 2024-07-11 05:40:19 UTC

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Initialize an R session by loading the all relevant R profile configurations


rprofile::load() attempts to load the global R profile configuration and any other common project configuration.


rprofile::load(..., isolate = FALSE, renv = TRUE, dotenv = TRUE, dev = TRUE)



ignored; forces named argument passing


[logical(1)] whether to isolate the project from the global configuration (default: FALSE)


[logical(1)] whether to activate an renv, if present (default: TRUE)


[logical(1)] whether to load environment variables defined in a local ‘.env’ file (default: TRUE)


[logical(1)|call] whether to run pkgload::load_all() if the current project is a development package (default: TRUE; see Details)


This function should be the first thing that gets executed inside a project ‘.Rprofile’ file, and it should usually be written exactly as follows: try(rprofile::load()) (the try() is present to ensure that ⁠R CMD⁠ can still run in the current directory when rprofile is not installed).

Unless isolate = TRUE is set, the user R profile configuration is preferentially looked up in the R_PROFILE_USER environment variable. If that is unset, it is instead loaded from ‘~/.Rprofile’. It is loaded (mostly) as-if its code was directly copied into the project ‘.Rprofile’ file. By contrast, if isolate = TRUE is set, no attempt to load any further ‘.Rprofile’ files is made.

rprofile::load() will by default also activate the renv associated with the current project, if any, and will also load environment variables defined in a local ‘.env’ file. These two actions will happen before the user profile is loaded. See the Note below.

Lastly, rprofile::load() will check if the code is being run from an interactive session. If so, and if the project contains a ‘DESCRIPTION’ file, rprofile will attempt to load pkgload and then execute pkgload::load_all(export_all = FALSE). To avoid disrupting the regular package load order, this action will be deferred until after all default packages (given by getOption('defaultPackages')) have been loaded and attached. Users can customize which code should be run by passing an unevaluated expression (instead of TRUE) in the dev argument. Since this code will be evaluated after the remaining ‘.Rprofile’ code has been run, the argument may refer to functions defined afterwards (see Examples).


rprofile::load() will invisibly return whether loading the user R profile file succeeded: in case of an error, it returns FALSE and converts the error into a warning.


You need to ensure that renv is not loaded redundantly in your ‘.Rprofile’ file. In other words, please make sure that the line source("renv/activate.R"), which renv adds automatically, is not present in the file. rprofile::load() prevents renv from subsequently adding this line to the project ‘.Rprofile’ file.


# Each option is configurable; in the extreme case, the function does nothing:
rprofile::load(isolate = TRUE, renv = FALSE, dotenv = FALSE, dev = FALSE)

## Not run: 
# In general, the following code should be the first line of a project’s
# `.Rprofile` file (using `try()` ensures that R code can still run in the
# current directory even if ‘rprofile’ is not installed — this is important in
# particular to allow `R CMD CHECK` to run successfully on CI/CD without having
# to first install ‘rprofile’):

## End(Not run)

## Not run: 
# We can customize how to load development packages, .e.g.:
try(rprofile::load(dev = quote(reload())))

reload = function () {
  devtools::load_all(quiet = TRUE)

## End(Not run)