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

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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:35:25 +0100 (CET)

>>>>> "RossB" == Ross Boylan <> >>>>> on Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:42:22 -0800 writes:

    RossB> On Thu, 2009-12-17 at 15:24 +0100, Martin Maechler wrote:

>> >>>>> Ross Boylan <>
>> >>>>> 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) (
>> > 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.

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

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

    RossB> The last sentence of this paragraph is also garbled:
    RossB> <quote>
    RossB> The description above is the effect when the package that owns the
    RossB> non-generic function has not created an implicit generic version.
    RossB> Otherwise, it is this implicit generic function that is us_same_
    RossB> version of the generic function will be created each time.     RossB> </quote>

    RossB> Weird.

Very weird, indeed!

However, in any case, this is a bug of your version / installation of  [Emacs + ESS]
and not of R.
So the topic should move to the
ESS-help list and you could possibly additionally also send an "official Ess bug report":

   [iESS] emacs-menu, last line: "Send bug report"

    RossB> P.S. was extremely sluggish, even timing out,     RossB> both yesterday and today for me.

Maybe the world climate is a bit more important in Copenhagen, at the moment, than R's bugs server? ;-) {{ *is* indeed located there}}

Thanks for the report, but as we've established, the bug is not with R, really, but with your installation/version of the R <-> Emacs interface.

Martin mailing list Received on Fri 18 Dec 2009 - 08:39:11 GMT

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