Using R Studio cloud for teaching package development

There are a couple outstanding issues related to build menu options. Specifically the Check Package, Build Source Package, and Build Binary Package commands default to the parent directory of the project directory (/cloud) in order to save output - which as you noted is unreadable.

There are two workarounds for how to handle this,

  1. As you noted you can place the projects contents in a subdirectory of the project directory (making /cloud/project/package the package root rather then /cloud/project). The defaults should operate correctly from that point on.

  2. You can also use the associated commands from the command line. This lets you override the location that output is saved when needed,

    devtools::build(binary = TRUE, path='/tmp')