Re: [Rd] library path in Rd link

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:13:26 +0000 (GMT)

On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Adrian Dusa wrote:
>
>> On Thursday 15 November 2007, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>>
>>>> Using as above:
>>>> \code{\link{anova}}
>>>>
>>>> the html help file directs to
>>>> file:///home/adi/myRlibrary/stats/html/anova.html
>>>
>>> I hope it is actually ../../stats/html/anova.html and the browser is
>>> interpreting that as a full URL.
>>>
>>>> instead of
>>>> file:///usr/lib/R/library/stats/html/anova.html
>>>
>>> But at run time help.start() creates links into a subdirectory of
>>> tempdir(). As in
>>>
>>>> help.start()
>>
>> I got it.
>> Perhaps it would be useful to have another startup option, something like:
>> options(htmlLinksResolve=TRUE)
>>
>> that one could use in the .First() function from .Rprofile
>
> You could have a function to run there, essentially (from help.start())
>
> .Script("sh", "help-links.sh",
> paste(tempdir(), paste(.libPaths(), collapse = " ")))
>
> and perhaps (it is a lot slower)
>
> utils::make.packages.html()

It transpires that currently you do need both: although the script is passed the library locations it does not make use of them, leaving the linking to make.packages.html. (That used not to be the case.)

> The problem is that even the first can be slow on a network-mounted file
> system with a lot of packages installed, do we don't want to do it by
> default.

So speed is the problem: I am seeing about 4 secs on a system with 1450 packages on the local disc, and 33 secs on a slower system with a network-mounted FS.

-- 
Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
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