Rd files

Prof Brian Ripley Prof Brian Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk>
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:23:56 +0000 (GMT)

> From: Friedrich Leisch <Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at>
> BDR> It's legal with S's files, and it is a great way to avoid file
> BDR> name problems: just have one file with a simple name (and some
> BDR> of those in lme and locfit cause problems to several tools:
> BDR> file names with "<" in are somewhat unexpected!)  However, S
> BDR> has an end of section marker, and it think that is needed for
> BDR> safety. (In S format, help for one object is between .BG and
> BDR> .WR.)
> DB> The .Rd file name in lme that always gives me trouble is [.pdMat.Rd.
> DB> I hadn't realized that the others with "<" in them, like matrix<-.Rd,
> DB> also gave problems.
> Does S also store the complete output in one file or is the output
> split into different files? 

In the cases where you want to do this, one. You can convert to Windows
help (one file per library) or to process to postscript (pipe to
stdout).  Standard S files are processed at display time, so there is
no output file per se, just a screen or printer.

> In the second case we'd simply move the problem from problematic input
> names to problematic output names ...

Yes, but it does not occur in my experience.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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