R-alpha: windows advice

Robert Gentleman (rgentlem@stat.auckland.ac.nz)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 18:15:38 +1200 (NZST)


From: Robert Gentleman <rgentlem@stat.auckland.ac.nz>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 18:15:38 +1200 (NZST)
Message-Id: <199704010615.SAA10494@stat13.stat.auckland.ac.nz>
To: r-testers@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-alpha: windows advice

As Ross has said I'm trying to get the Windows95 implementation ready to ship
when 0.50 comes out (and we switch over to beta). However, not being much
of a windows user I'm not entirely sure what the ``correct'' way to handle
a few things is.

First, in order for edit to be able to restore properly if there is an
error it would be nice if I could find a place for a temporary file. The
current user must have write access to that file. The tmp directory on Unix 
fits the bill but is there something on Windows that does the same?

Start Up
========
Second, under Unix we have a Rprofile in the library directory but users
can also have their own Rprofile files in different directories. Since
R is not launched from a command line it seems hard to arrange this
under windows.
If an image gets saved I was planning to link it (via a double click) to 
the R.exe and in that instance I could look around for a Rprofile in the
same directory.
Any other ideas/suggestions?
Does anyone know how Word/Excel/...  handle user preferences?

Help Files
==========
Has anyone had any experience with latex2rtf and then on to windows help?
We can hope that people have netscape and then simply use the html version
but it would be nice if there were some easy way to produce real windows
help.

thanks
robert
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