Re: [R] RSiteSearch() not in posting guide

From: Martin Maechler <>
Date: Wed 19 Jul 2006 - 01:12:42 EST

>>>>> "Gabor" == Gabor Grothendieck <> >>>>> on Tue, 18 Jul 2006 09:29:07 -0400 writes:

    Gabor> I think the posting guide may have been written prior     Gabor> to the existence of RSiteSearch as a builtin command.

yes, that's correct.

Thank you, Gavin, for the suggestion.
I have added such a "bullet". Visible now at, and from tomorrow at the URL at the tail of every R-help message.


    Gabor> On 7/18/06, Gavin Simpson <>     Gabor> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> In a recent reply I sent to the list, my initial response
>> was to suggest, politely that by reading the posting
>> guide and learning to use the supplied tools one can
>> often help oneself. I then went on to say that reading
>> the posting guide would have led you to
>> RSiteSearch("insert query"). Luckily I went to the
>> posting guide to check this was there before posting and
>> much to my surprise that page does not once mention this
>> excellent facility!
>> In the section "Do your homework before posting:",
>> and ?foo are recommended, but these only
>> work for installed, and possibly loaded,
>> packages. Wouldn't it be better to suggest a user try
>> RSiteSearch("foo") as well? This way they are far more
>> likely to find something relevant if that something
>> resides on CRAN or the mailing list archives.
>> Can I suggest adding another bullet with the following
>> text to the "Do your homework before posting:" section:
>> Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type
>> this at the R prompt) to search R, contributed packages
>> and R-Help postings. To restrict the search to functions
>> only, use RSiteSearch("keyword", restrict =
>> "functions"). See ?RSiteSearch.
>> or shorter:
>> Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type
>> this at the R prompt) to search R functions, contributed
>> packages and R-Help postings. See ?RSiteSearch for
>> further options and to restrict searches.
>> G
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>> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Wed Jul 19 02:35:25 2006

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