Using zip format for help pages, examples, etc.

Jonathan Rougier
Fri, 26 Mar 1999 14:30:19 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 26 Mar 1999, Martyn Plummer wrote:

> The problem isn't that the help files take up a lot of space,
> but that certain file systems are extremely inefficient in
> the use of that space.

This is probably an unrealistic suggestion, but if compression is less of
a problem than the number of files, why not take the help files `onboard'
by creating a new class of objects with mode "help", which would be lists
with components much like the current .Rd files, and attach them at the
bottom of the search list.  Each library would then require just a single
file of help objects.

Cheers, Jonathan.

Jonathan Rougier                       Science Laboratories
Department of Mathematical Sciences    South Road
University of Durham                   Durham DH1 3LE

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