[Rd] How to link to vignette from .Rd file

Dominick Samperi dsamperi at DecisionSynergy.com
Tue Nov 7 22:01:03 CET 2006

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> There is options("pdfviewer") -- at least under Unix. Maybe there is
> even an R call to use it on a file, employed by the help system?
> Dirk
Here is a more complete solution that can be turned into a general-purpose

# Displays PDF file as an R demo
pkgName <- 'MyPackage'
pkgDir  <- 'doc'
pdfFile <- 'MyPackageDoc.pdf'
isWindows <- (Sys.info()['sysname'] == 'Windows')
pkgLoc <- system.file(".", ".", package=pkgName)
pkgLoc <- substring(pkgLoc, 1, nchar(pkgLoc)-nchar(pkgName)-5)
file <- system.file(pkgDir, pdfFile, package=pkgName,lib.loc=pkgLoc)
if(isWindows) { # Windows automatically finds executable based on file type.
  system(paste("CMD /C ", file, "\n"))
} else { # Change this to use path to Adobe reader if desired.
  system(paste(options("pdfviewer"), file, "\n"))

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