[R] Fail to convert any .Rd file

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Sun Jul 14 12:14:45 CEST 2002

Timur Elzhov wrote:
> Hello, experts!
> I've tried to convert MASS.Rd, for instance:
>     R CMD Rdconv -t txt MASS.Rd -o MASS.txt 2>MASS.log
> Comp was thinking for a long, about 30s on Linux 600MHz/128M,
> but after that R didn't produce the result MASS.txt file, but
> very large log.  Here is its header:
> ******* Syntax error: mismatched or missing brackets in
> /-----
> \name{Aids2}
> \alias{Aids2}
> \title{
> Australian AIDS Survival Data
> }
> \description{ ...
> and so on, almost entire MASS.Rd followed ..
> The same situation with man/*.Rd file of any other package.
> Where am I wrong?!
> Excuse me for my unexperience,
> Thanks a lot!
> PS  I'm using R 1.5.0 under Linux (Debian woody) on i386 platform.

Obviously, you are trying to convert the Rd file from a binary package.
R CMD Rdconv is designed to convert an Rd file from a source package. If
you look into the MASS sources (in package VR), you will find MANY of
those Rd files, which can be converted with R CMD Rdconv perfectly...

Uwe Ligges
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