R-alpha: help files of base package

Friedrich Leisch Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 16:31:58 +0100

>>>>> On Wed, 12 Nov 1997 10:13:58 -0500,
>>>>> Paul Gilbert (PG) wrote:

>> Making html index pages for all keywords would be a possibility, but...
PG> It might be better and easier to use a general purpose full texted
PG> search such as the one for S-news at statlib
PG> <http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/s-news>. It is all done with publicly available
PG> programs. It sure would be nice to have that facility for R-help as
PG> well.

That's something with top priority on my list ...

I already wanted to do that earlier and sent a corresponding email
(hopefully not only to R-core) ... searching the pages would be
definetely an absolute great thing.

My only problem is how to setup such a thing without a
web-server. All software packages I'm aware of use cgi scripts and
need a http server running. That's something we want to avoid, because
not everybody running R has the means of running an http server.

If you (or somebody else) could provide me with software to do such a
search without need for a http server that would definetely be one of
the next things for me to include into the R help system.

Otherwise we could take a vote if we still want search depending on
the existence of a http server ... in that case I'm aware of several
GPL'ed search packages, e.g., we use htdig here for our web server.

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