[R] R Site Search is back up

From: Jonathan Baron <baron_at_psych.upenn.edu>
Date: Wed 20 Jul 2005 - 00:29:18 EST

The search site at
is back up. This allows you to search mailing list archives, R functions from most packages, and documents.

You can also use the R function RSiteSearch() in R itself, which opens the results in your browser.

I'm sorry the site was down for so long. I plan to work out a system that will allow faster restoration if this happens again (mutual complete backups with a colleague). Backups are useless if you don't have a machine to put them on, and it took 5 days to get one, then one day to restore.

Some details that you don't need to read:

The site was reconstructed from scratch. This means that links from one message in the archives to another message in the archives will not work anymore. They never worked very well, since the message numbers have been changed a few times over the years. (Threads work. Just links don't work.)

In my rush to get this back up, I left out a few packages that would not install. I plan to install at least the help files from these in due course. I'm also not sure about Bioconductor packages that are not already on CRAN. I left out all of these. Let me know if you want them. Same with Jim Lindsey's packages.

I also left out all the mail from r-sig-geo, which I had been including, although it seems hardly worth the effort since volume is so low now on that list. If you want it back, let me know.

What happened is still not clear. There were several things wrong with the computer, still not fully diagnosed. The symptoms are consistent with overheating, but the fan was working fine, and so has the air conditioning in the building (which has been working very hard, global warming having finally hit Philadelphia). Recovery from the disk was possible but very expensive.

What I learned from this is that backup systems do no good unless you have a computer to use. And also I could have backed up in a way that made it easier for myself to reconstruct, but that was not the major source of the delay.


Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Home page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron

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