Re: [Rd] request to make --enable-prebuilt-html the default build on linux

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009 17:58:30 -0500

On 05/12/2009 4:36 PM, Jonathan Baron wrote:
> I don't understand the advantages of generating html help dynamically,
> but I have found some clear disadvantages.
> One is that I can no longer use a bookmark in my browser to access the
> list of packages and go from there to individual help pages.

If you leave a copy of R running to serve them, you can. Tell it to use a particular port (via options(help.ports=12345), for example) and then set your bookmark to work with that.
> The other is that, if I try to use ESS instead (using
> options(help_type="html") in .Rprofile) - it is a mess. ESS splits
> the emacs frame (which then must be closed by hand) and opens a new
> window (or at best a new tab) for every request, requiring these to be
> closed too.
> You could say that this is a problem with ESS, which is true, but,

Obviously that is a problem with ESS. Why would it care at all where the HTML is coming from???

Duncan Murdoch

> again, I don't see the down side of having static html help pages.
> (Maybe there is one. But it certainly isn't disk space: all together
> these take about as much of that as a couple of digital photos.)
> Jon mailing list Received on Sat 05 Dec 2009 - 23:02:23 GMT

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