Re: [Rd] Links to non-vignette documentation

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri 24 Feb 2006 - 16:38:10 GMT

On 2/24/2006 9:29 AM, hadley wickham wrote:
>> No, there's no automatic building after the promptPackage call. It's up
>> to you to decide which functions need to be mentioned to users. In
>> large packages it usually doesn't make sense to list all the functions,
>> so the package writer needs to use judgement here. There are other
>> mechanisms (e.g. ls("package:XXX") for a list of names, the help index
>> generation for a list of names and titles) to get a list of everything.

> Ok, that seems reasonable, but perhaps promptPackage (or
> documentation) could make this more clear.

>> There aren't any immediate plans to change help(package=XXX), but I
>> think in the long run, if package?XXX receives wider support than it has
>> now, it would make sense to make that change.
> When was this form of package documentation created?  How are users
> supposed to know it exists?  I couldn't find any pointers to it from
> ?help, ?library or from help(package=XXX).

It's described in the Writing R Extensions Manual, in Writing R Documentation Files, Rd Format, Documenting Packages (section 2.1.4 in the PDF).

There probably should be more pointers to it...

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Sat Feb 25 03:53:38 2006

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