[Rd] help(PackageName)

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue, 12 Jun 2001 15:35:53 +0100 (BST)

On 12 Jun 2001, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> Martin Schlather <Martin.Schlather@uni-bayreuth.de> writes:
> > Dear R Core Team,
> >
> > I'm wondering whether it is useful that every package should allow
> > for help(PackageName), giving some general information about the
> > package (more/nicer than library(help=PackageName)). This man page
> > may include some mathematical or statistical background, or contain
> > a guideline for the package.
> help(nlme) would be ambiguous then.
> help(package=nlme) already works, same as library(help=nlme).
> I suppose we could make it a convention to have each package contain
> an Overview entry so that help(Overview, package=nlme) would do what
> you want (or even help(Overview, nlme) if we switch the arguments
> around), but someone would have to write those pages....

Meanwhile (and with a new help system planned, I mean until that is
onstream), you will find discussion of this topic in the R-devel archives,
and should note that several packages already use INDEX for this purpose.


for one.

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