[Rd] Problem with Rcmdr Help menu under devel version of R 2.0.0

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sun Aug 29 16:28:16 CEST 2004

Dear Brian,

OK -- it's simple for me to replace all the calls to writeLines() in
print.help_files_with_topic() with calls to warning(), but since these are
warning messages, I don't see why the former is preferred to the latter
(though, of course, I may be missing something -- and, as you say, you
didn't write this code). Or is your point more general -- that I should have
a different generic print function? If so, how could I avoid writing new
print methods? (Again, perhaps there's a general solution here that I don't


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk] 
> Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 8:46 AM
> To: John Fox
> Cc: r-devel at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: RE: [Rd] Problem with Rcmdr Help menu under devel 
> version of R 2.0.0
> John,
> It's not my code but I think the intention is that you should 
> write your own print function for a GUI.
> Brian
> On Sun, 29 Aug 2004, John Fox wrote:
> > Dear Brian,
> > 
> > Thank you very much for this -- I didn't grasp the 
> implication of the 
> > NEWS item.
> > 
> > I still have a small residual problem with respect to 
> notification of 
> > multiple matches, etc.: My normal procedure is to redirect 
> > informational messages from the console to tcltk message 
> boxes, but I 
> > can't figure out how to suppress console output of these 
> messages. If 
> > the messages were issued via warning() rather than writeLines() in 
> > print.help_files_with_topic(), I'd intercept them. Is there 
> a reason for bypassing warning()?
> > 
> > Again, thanks.
> >  John
> >

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