Re: [R] Attempt at package documentation on debian: link to "data.frame" broken

From: Johannes Graumann <>
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 13:13:49 +0100

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> So you are talking about the HTML conversion of your help (.Rd) file?
> (Links appear in other versions too.)
> The HTML links are intended to be used via help.start(), not directly, and
> I think you find it actually points to ../../base/html/data.frame.html,
> which is correct for use from help.start. (You are probably quoting your
> browser's intepretation of a relative URL.)
Yes. I'm actually using (the really nice) rkward, which calls the html-help pages upon "?<something>". May this be specific to that usage ... now that I'm looking deeper into this I find that rkward actually tells me:
Using non-linked HTML file: style sheet and hyperlinks may be incorrect - which is what happens ... how to switch to "linked HTML file"?

> Note what the documentation says:
> There are two other forms of optional argument specified as
> \link[pkg]{foo} and \link[pkg:bar]{foo} to link to the package pkg, to
> files foo.html and bar.html respectively. These are rarely needed,
> perhaps to refer to not-yet-installed packages (but there the
> HTML help system will resolve the link at run time) or in the normally
> undesirable event that more than one package offers help on a topic
> (in which case the present package has precedence so this is only
> needed to refer to other packages).
> So unless you define data.frame() in your package, you don't need this
> form.
I see. This was actually part of the desperate attempt to find a solution to this wrong link target issue. I'm using a plain "\link(data.frame)" now again.

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