Re: [Rd] Bug#361968: Wrong name in manpage

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Wed 12 Apr 2006 - 00:56:27 GMT

On 4/11/2006 7:45 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> R-devel'ers,
>
> On 11 April 2006 at 10:24, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> |
> | Kanru,
> |
> | Thanks for the bugreport.
> |
> | On 11 April 2006 at 22:03, Kanru Chen wrote:
> | | Package: r-base-core
> | | Version: 2.2.1.svn37668-1
> | | Severity: minor
> | |
> | | In manpage of /usr/bin/R, the first, fourth and last line shows `VERSION'
> | | instead of `R'.
>
> I haven't seen any follow-up yet -- here is what it looks like (cut and
> pasted from Emacs man page viewer) and note the 'Version' in place of R:
>
> VERSION(1) FSF VERSION(1)
>
> NAME
> Version - a language for data analysis and graphics
>
> SYNOPSIS
> R [options] [< infile] [> outfile]
> R CMD command [arguments]
>
> DESCRIPTION
> Start R, a system for statistical computation and graphics, with the
> specified options, or invoke an R tool via the 'R CMD' interface.
> [...]
>
>
> | | I believe it is a typo.
> |
> | More likely something is wrong with how R.1 is autogenerated using help2man.
> |
> | Incidentally, that `R --version' now starts its ouput with 'Version' rather
> | than R had bit us in the RPy builds where the version number was regexp'ed
> | out of the result, and was still expecting the line to start with R just like
> | help2man seems to expect the program name first.
>
> It seems to stem from src/main/version.c:
>
> void attribute_hidden PrintVersionString(char *s)
> {
> if(strcmp(R_SVN_REVISION, "unknown")==0)
> {
> sprintf(s, "Version %s.%s %s (%s-%s-%s)",
> R_MAJOR, R_MINOR, R_STATUS, R_YEAR, R_MONTH, R_DAY);
> }
> else{
> if(strlen(R_STATUS)==0){
> sprintf(s, "Version %s.%s (%s-%s-%s)",
> R_MAJOR, R_MINOR, R_YEAR, R_MONTH, R_DAY);
> }
> else{
> sprintf(s, "Version %s.%s %s (%s-%s-%s r%s)",
> R_MAJOR, R_MINOR, R_STATUS, R_YEAR, R_MONTH, R_DAY,
> R_SVN_REVISION);
> }
> }
> }
>
> Would replacing 'Version ...' with 'R (Version ...)' be an acceptable
> alternative ?

I think the problem is that PrintVersion (a few lines up from there) used to put the R in front; PrintVersionString doesn't include the R. PrintVersionString is called from other places where the R would not be appropriate, but PrintVersion is only called when acting on `R --version' or synonyms.

Fritz, I think this was your change in r36923 a few months ago. Do you have time to deal with it?

Duncan



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