Re: [Rd] \link{} to help pages in Debian

From: Martin Maechler <>
Date: Mon 29 Nov 2004 - 20:20:10 EST

>>>>> "Iago" == Iago Mosqueira <>
>>>>> on Mon, 29 Nov 2004 08:41:03 +0000 writes:

    Iago> Hello,
    Iago> In my Debian 3.0 systems, packages are installed in two different
    Iago> places, namely /usr/lib/R/library and /usr/local/lib/R/site-library,
    Iago> depending on whether they come from debian packages or CRAN ones. Help
    Iago> pages for my own packages, installed in the second location, cannot find
    Iago> help pages from, for example, the base package via \link{}. I also tried
    Iago> specifying the package with \link[pkg]{page}.

    Iago> Is the only solution to force the system to use a single library folder?

not at all!
We have been working with several libraries "forever",
and I think I have n't seen your problem ever.

For instance, I never install extra packages into the "standard" library (the one where "base" is in); have all CRAN packages in one library, bioconductor in another library, etc,etc.

    Iago> Can I force the help system to look in both places?

Actually you forgot to specify which interface to the help system you are using. But I assume you mean the help.start() {webbrowser-"HTML"} one (which I very rarely use, since ESS and "C-c C-v" is faster; to follow links in ESS help buffers, after selection, often "h" <Return>" is sufficient -- ah reminds me of an ESS improvement I've wanted to implement...)

For me, help.start() works fine including links between pages from packages in different libraries.

Martin mailing list Received on Mon Nov 29 20:26:18 2004

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