[Rd] Links to non-vignette documentation

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu Feb 23 19:51:23 CET 2006

On 2/23/2006 11:53 AM, hadley wickham wrote:
> Section 1.4 of Writing R Extensions says:
> In addition to the help files in Rd format, R packages allow the
> inclusion of documents in arbitrary other formats. The standard
> location for these is subdirectory inst/doc of a source package, the
> contents will be copied to subdirectory doc when the package is
> installed. Pointers from package help indices to the installed
> documents are automatically created. Documents in inst/doc can be in
> arbitrary format, however we strongly recommend to provide them in PDF
> format, such that users on all platforms can easily read them.
> Where are these pointers created?  I have a package with a pdf file
> (introduction.pdf) in inst/doc but I can't find a link to it from the
> documentation (eg. from help.start() or help(package=...)
> Is there anyway to have my pdf documentation listed under vignettes
> other than making it a sweave file?

A manually written inst/doc/index.html file will be linked into the help 

I don't know if the sentence about pointers being created is true otherwise.

Duncan Murdoch

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