I have a package that Imports INLA, which is not hosted on CRAN or a standard GitHub repository. There are multiple SO questions detailing how to install the package on a personal machine, such as this, or even mentions it as a dependency in a package.
The two ways that are typically recommended to install on a personal machine are:
devtools::install_github(repo = "https://github.com/hrue/r-inla", ref = "stable", subdir = "rinla", build = FALSE)
Now, these are fine for personal machines, but don't work in the DESCRIPTION files
If we do
url::https://inla.r-inla-download.org/R/stable, this gives an error that the file extension isn't recognized.
Error: Error: Failed to install 'unknown package' from URL: Don't know how to decompress files with extension
If we do
github::hrue/r-inla, I am unaware of how to pass (or if it's even possible) the
build arguments in the DESCRIPTION file.
Previous packages used a read only mirror of the INLA code that was hosted on GitHub, solely for this purpose, at this repo and then just using
github::inbo/INLA. However, this repository is out of date.
What I'm doing instead is to directly reference the tarball hosted on the main webpage.
This solution works, and passes CI as well as the machines are able to install and load from there. The only issue is that I need to periodically update the static link to this tarball, and would prefer to reference the stable build, either directly from the INLA website as above, or the
hrue/inla repo with those other arguments passed. Is there a way to achieve this in the DESCRIPTION file?