[R] Fail to convert any .Rd file

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Mon Jul 15 12:10:53 CEST 2002

Timur Elzhov wrote:
> Hello!
> 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 ... )

"Binary" means that the C and Fortran sources are compiled, the R
sources are merged and the Rd sources are processed (and merged into the
file you see).

>   2) Do I need them?
>      (I tried to INSTALL some source packages from CRAN,
>       and all of them are working perfectly)

Right, because the INSTALLation procedure makes binary packages from the
If you don't install, but unpack one of those packages, you will find
single Rd files for almost all functions and data sets in the package.

>   3) WHY processing *.Rd files, as you mentioned, from "binary"
>      packages gets fail??  Are they corrupted by some way?

Not corrupted, but many Rd files are merged to one for which R CMD
Rdconv is not designed.

>      Well, why then are they distributed with R distribution
>      (r-base-core deb package on my Linux system)?

Interesting point - I don't know.

Uwe Ligges
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