Re: [R] help(package)->sink()

From: Thomas Lumley <tlumley_at_u.washington.edu>
Date: Sun 25 Jul 2004 - 03:44:35 EST

On Sat, 24 Jul 2004, Spencer Graves wrote:

> I wanted to direct packageInfo to a file, so I could add comments,
> e.g., in MS Word. The following command stored the desired information
> in an object:
>
> mclustInfo <- help(package="mclust")
>
> Then "mclustInfo" displays it on my screen. To direct it to a
> file, I tried the following:
>
> sink("mclust.txt")
> mclustInfo
> sink()
>
> This sequence created an empty file "mclust.txt", while displaying
> mclustInfo on my screen. After a few more failed attempts, I gave up
> trying to be clever and copied the text from the screen into Word.
>
> Is this a bug, that sink does not capture the output of objects of
> class packageInfo?
>

Not really. The output doesn't really appear on your screen, it appears on your pager. In your case the pager is the screen, so this isn't obvious.

        -thomas



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