Re: [Rd] ?setGeneric garbled (PR#14153)

From: Ross Boylan <ross_at_biostat.ucsf.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:42:22 -0800

On Thu, 2009-12-17 at 15:24 +0100, Martin Maechler wrote:
> >>>>> Ross Boylan <ross@biostat.ucsf.edu>
> >>>>> on Thu, 17 Dec 2009 02:15:12 +0100 (CET) writes:
>
> > Full_Name: Ross Boylan
> > Version: 2.10.0

> > OS: Windows XP
> > Submission from: (NULL) (198.144.201.14)
>
>
> > Some of the help for setGeneric seems to have been garbled. In the section
> > "Basic Use", 5th paragraph (where the example counts as a single line 3rd
> > paragraph) it says
> > <quote>
> > Note that calling 'setGeneric()' in this form is not strictly
> > necessary before calling 'setMethod()' for the same function. If
> > the function specified in the call to 'setMethod' is not generic,
> > 'setMethod' will execute the call to 'setGeneric' itself.
> > Declaring explicitly that you want the function to be generic can
> > be considered better programming style; the only difference in the
> > result, however, is that not doing so produces a You cannot (and
> > never need to) create an explicit generic version of the primitive
> > functions in the base package.
> > <quote>
>
> > The stuff after the semi-colon of the final sentence is garbled, or at least
> > unparseable by me. Probably something got deleted by mistake.
>
> That's very peculiar.
>
> The corresponding methods/man/setGeneric.Rd file has not been
> changed in a while,
> but I don't see your problem.

The help from R launched directly from the R shortcut on my desktop looks fine, in both 2.10 and 2.8.

I closed all my emacs sessions and restarted, but ?setGeneric produces the same garbled text. I also tried telling ESS to use a different working directory when launching R; it didn't help.

The last sentence of this paragraph is also garbled: <quote>
 The description above is the effect when the package that owns the

     non-generic function has not created an implicit generic version.
     Otherwise, it is this implicit generic function that is us_same_
     version of the generic function will be created each time.
</quote>

Weird.

P.S. http://bugs.r-project.org was extremely sluggish, even timing out, both yesterday and today for me.



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