Re: [Rd] library path in Rd link

From: Adrian Dusa <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 01:09:00 +0200

On Wednesday 14 November 2007, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 11/14/2007 8:49 AM, Adrian Dusa wrote:
> > [...]
> >
> > Is there a method to create links to functions from the base package, for
> > example (which is installed by default in the normal library folder)?
> I believe this is normally automatic in platforms other than Windows.
> On Windows, the answer is no.

This is what I thought, too. But if I link for example to function anova() in pacakge stats, the html link after installing the new package is:


where the stats package is by default installed in:


(indeed my question was related to Windows too, not only on Linux)

> The problem is that in most cases R isn't in charge of the help file
> viewing. There isn't a good way to make a link from an HTML file to a
> location that isn't known in advance, for example.
> On Unix-alikes, the workaround is to build soft links to all the
> packages in a standard location; but soft links don't work on Windows
> (and we don't want to get into the almost-undocumented hard links that
> exist on some Windows file systems).

I understand, thank you. I learned from Prof. Ripley's answer that Windows has function to resolve the html help files from all installed packages.

Best wishes,

Adrian Dusa
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