[R] help(package)->sink()

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Sat Jul 24 19:44:35 CEST 2004

On Sat, 24 Jul 2004, Spencer Graves wrote:

>       I wanted to direct packageInfo to a file, so I could add comments,
> e.g., in MS Word.  The following command stored the desired information
> in an object:
>       mclustInfo <- help(package="mclust")
>       Then "mclustInfo" displays it on my screen.  To direct it to a
> file, I tried the following:
>       sink("mclust.txt")
>       mclustInfo
>       sink()
>       This sequence created an empty file "mclust.txt", while displaying
> mclustInfo on my screen.  After a few more failed attempts, I gave up
> trying to be clever and copied the text from the screen into Word.
>       Is this a bug, that sink does not capture the output of objects of
> class packageInfo?

Not really.  The output doesn't really appear on your screen, it appears
on your pager.  In your case the pager is the screen, so this isn't


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