[R] Attempt at package documentation on debian: link to "data.frame" broken

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 3 14:08:47 CET 2007

On Mon, 3 Dec 2007, Johannes Graumann wrote:

> <posted & mailed>
> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> Using non-linked HTML file: style sheet and hyperlinks may be incorrect
>>> - which is what happens ... how to switch to "linked HTML file"?
>> It all works via help.start() (as I did say), at least in a reliable R
>> front end.  Running help.start() is how you set this up.
> You are right - naturally. After calling 'help.start()' everything works
> just fine. Is there any way one can call 'help.start()' transparently to
> the user when s/he accesses the html-help?

It is potentially very slow (ca 40 secs on our dept system with 1500 
NFS-mounted packages) in R 2.6.1.  But you could put utils::help.start() 
in ~/.Rprofile.

In R-devel you will be able to have


in ~/.Rprofile and that takes a few seconds at most.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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