[R] Fail to convert any .Rd file

Timur Elzhov Timur.Elzhov at jinr.ru
Mon Jul 15 11:18:47 CEST 2002


Thanks a lot for your answer!
But, excuse me please for that questions:
  1) What the "binary" package means?
     (I found out under R/library/<pkg-name>/ only <pkg-name>.so
      binary files under libs/ directory ... )

  2) Do I need them?
     (I tried to INSTALL some source packages from CRAN,
      and all of them are working perfectly)
  3) WHY processing *.Rd files, as you mentioned, from "binary"
     packages gets fail??  Are they corrupted by some way?
     Well, why then are they distributed with R distribution
     (r-base-core deb package on my Linux system)?

Excuse me, if answers will be quite simple and obvios..

Thank you!


On Sun, Jul 14, 2002 at 12:14:36PM +0200, Uwe Ligges 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}
> 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...

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