RE: [Rd] Problem with Rcmdr Help menu under devel version of R 2.0.0

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sun 29 Aug 2004 - 23:46:05 EST


John,

It's not my code but I think the intention is that you should write your own print function for a GUI.

Brian

On Sun, 29 Aug 2004, John Fox wrote:

> Dear Brian,
>
> Thank you very much for this -- I didn't grasp the implication of the NEWS
> item.
>
> I still have a small residual problem with respect to notification of
> multiple matches, etc.: My normal procedure is to redirect informational
> messages from the console to tcltk message boxes, but I can't figure out how
> to suppress console output of these messages. If the messages were issued
> via warning() rather than writeLines() in print.help_files_with_topic(), I'd
> intercept them. Is there a reason for bypassing warning()?
>
> Again, thanks.
> John
>

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk]
> > Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:33 AM
> > To: John Fox
> > Cc: r-devel@stat.math.ethz.ch

> > Subject: RE: [Rd] Problem with Rcmdr Help menu under devel
> > version of R 2.0.0
> >
> > You need to print the result of help. From NEWS
> >
> > o help() now returns information about available documentation for
> > a given topic, and notifies about multiple matches.
> >
> > and (unstated) does not print.
> >
> > Brian
> >
> > On Sun, 29 Aug 2004, John Fox wrote:
> >
> > > Dear list members,
> > >
> > > As an addendum to my previous message, Help buttons in
> > Rcmdr dialogs
> > > -- which generate calls to help() -- also fail to bring up
> > > corresponding help pages.
> > >
> > > Again, any assistance would be appreciated.
> > > John
> > >

> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: r-devel-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch
> > > > [mailto:r-devel-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of John Fox
> > > > Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 10:53 PM
> > > > To: r-devel@stat.math.ethz.ch
> > > > Subject: [Rd] Problem with Rcmdr Help menu under devel
> > version of R
> > > > 2.0.0
> > > >
> > > > Dear list members,
> > > >
> > > > I've encountered the following problem with the Rcmdr
> > Help menu in
> > > > the development version of R 2.0.0 under Windows XP
> > ("Version 2.0.0
> > > > Under development (unstable) (2004-08-20), ISBN 3-900051-00-3"):
> > > >
> > > > The main Commander window has a (tcltk) Help menu with
> > three items,
> > > > "Commander help", "About Rcmdr", and "Introduction to the R
> > > > Commander", which, in the development version of the
> > Rcmdr package,
> > > > call the following three functions:
> > > >
> > > > helpCommander <- function() help("Commander")
> > > >
> > > > helpAboutCommander <- function() help("aboutRcmdr")
> > > >
> > > > browseManual <- function() {
> > > >
> > > >
> > browseURL(paste(file.path(.path.package(package="Rcmdr")[1], "doc"),
> > > > "/Getting-Started-with-the-Rcmdr.pdf", sep=""))
> > > > }
> > > >
> > > > (Of course, there are help pages for "Commander" and
> > "aboutRcmdr" in
> > > > the Rcmdr package).
> > > >
> > > > These functions are not exported by the Rcmdr package,
> > but as near
> > > > as I can tell, that doesn't seem to be the source of the problem.
> > > >
> > > > The third menu item works fine, but the other two [which contain
> > > > calls to help()] appear to do nothing. I've tried several
> > > > variations, including specifying the package argument to
> > help() and
> > > > using ? in place of help(), but to no avail.
> > > > Curiously, calling, e.g., Rcmdr:::helpCommander()
> > directly from the
> > > > R command prompt works just fine.
> > > >
> > > > Unrelated to the above, I've also encountered some MD5 checksum
> > > > problems with R 2.0.0 binary packages for Windows installed from
> > > > CRAN:
> > > >
> > > > ------------- output --------------------
> > > >
> > > > files R/car have the wrong MD5 checksums files R/effects have the
> > > > wrong MD5 checksums files R/multcomp have the wrong MD5 checksums
> > > > files R/relimp have the wrong MD5 checksums
> > > >
> > > > ------------- end ---------------------
> > > >
> > > > Finally, there seems to be a dependency problem with the lmtest
> > > > package Windows binary installed via the "Packages -> Install
> > > > package(s) from CRAN"
> > > > menu in the R Console:
> > > >
> > > > ------------- output --------------------
> > > >
> > > > > local({a <- CRAN.packages()
> > > > + install.packages(select.list(a[,1],,TRUE), .libPaths()[1],
> > > > + available=a,
> > > > dependencies=TRUE)})
> > > > trying URL
> > > > `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/PACKAGES'
> > > > Content type `text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1' length 18348 bytes
> > > > opened URL downloaded 17Kb
> > > >
> > > > also installing the dependencies 'sandwich', 'zoo', 'strucchange'
> > > >
> > > > trying URL
> > > >
> > `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/sandwich_0.1-3.zip'
> > > > Content type `application/zip' length 75982 bytes opened URL
> > > > downloaded 74Kb
> > > >
> > > > trying URL
> > > > `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/zoo_0.2-0.zip'
> > > > Content type `application/zip' length 53003 bytes opened URL
> > > > downloaded 51Kb
> > > >
> > > > trying URL
> > > > `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/strucchange
> > > _1.2-4.zip'
> > > > Error in download.file(url, destfile, method, mode = "wb") :
> > > > cannot open URL
> > > > `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/strucchange
> > > _1.2-4.zip'
> > > > In addition: Warning message:
> > > > cannot open: HTTP status was `404 Not Found'
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > ------------- end ---------------------
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Any help would be appreciated, particularly with the problem I'm
> > > > experiencing with the Rcmdr Help menu.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > > John
> > > >
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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