[Rd] Link to NEWS.2 in NEWS is broken

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 13:49:16 CET 2015

I think Kurt has this in hand since the same issue affected src/base/NEWS.html. The fix seems to be just not to copy the html formatted NEWS to the file distribution folders and have any links in there point to doc/manuals/r-release/NEWS.html instead. The relative links to the parent directory would be a pain to sort out.

(Cc: Kurt, as he may not be aware that there is a fix to apply to bin/windows/base/index.html as well.)


On 20 Jan 2015, at 13:05 , Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:

>>>>>> Tal Galili <tal.galili at gmail.com>
>>>>>>    on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:30:56 +0200 writes:
>> I am not sure where to post this.
> Maybe you could try to contact the CRAN maintainer by e-mail.
> (E-mail: you know the thing people did before they "posted" everything :-) ;-))
> but I agree that it is not easy to find e-mail addresses nowadays..
> More seriously:  Thank you, Tal!
>> I am looking at the NEWS file here:
>> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/NEWS.R-3.1.2.html
>> And the links at the bottom seem to be broken.
>> This link:
>> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/NEWS.2
>> Should be this:
>> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/NEWS.2
> well, there yes.
> If you look at the more typical place of the NEWS,
> which you get to quickly from the Main CRAN or R-project web
> page, namely
>      http://www.r-project.org/news.html
> and its bottom link
>    http://cran.r-project.org/src/base/NEWS.html
> then on the bottom of that pakage, there, even the ...../NEWS.2.html fails.
>> CHANGES in previous versions
>> -
>> Older news can be found in text format in files NEWS.0
>> <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/NEWS.0>, NEWS.1
>> <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/NEWS.1> and NEWS.2
>> <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/NEWS.2> in the ‘doc’ directory.
>> News in HTML format for *R* versions from 2.10.0 to 2.15.3 is in
>> NEWS.2.html <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/NEWS.2.html>.
> As you probably know these are all autogenerated from the
> source file  <Rsrc>/doc/NEWS.Rd
>  ((and so there is some reason why posting to R-devel may be somewhat ok))
> and the relevant part of that is
> \section{CHANGES in previous versions}{
>  \itemize{
>    \item Older news can be found in text format in files
>    \ifelse{html}{\href{../NEWS.0}{NEWS.0}, \href{../NEWS.1}{NEWS.1}
>      and \href{../NEWS.2}{NEWS.2}}{\file{NEWS.0}, \file{NEWS.1} and
>      \file{NEWS.2}}
>    in the \file{doc} directory.  News in HTML format for
>    \R versions from 2.10.0 to 2.15.3 is in
>    \ifelse{html}{\url{NEWS.2.html}}{\file{doc/html/NEWS.2.html}}.
>  }
> }
> *and* that source produces a NEWS.html which works correctly in
> the important use of R's "builtin HTML help",
> i.e. for me what I get after help.start(),  I presume that's
> also the toplevel help page Rstudio users see.
> And there, the "../NEWS.O" (relative link) *is* the correct location.
> Using relative links is a very good idea here, as all that
> should work completely offline.
> The task here is to adapt all the other "published" versions of the
> generated NEWS.html files to point to a web (as opposed to
> local/relative) URL.
> Yes ``just another'' tweak for the CRAN web page generation
> scripts...
> Martin
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