[ESS] Problem with preview of Rd files

Martin Fink martinfink at gmx.at
Wed Jan 18 01:00:53 CET 2012

Stephen Eglen <S.J.Eglen <at> damtp.cam.ac.uk> writes:

> A couple of things to check.  
> 1. when in the .Rd buffer, what does the following give?
>   C-h v buffer-file-name
> 2. From a shell, can you try something like 
>    R CMD Rd2txt "c:/Users...-package.Rd"
> Stephen

Hi Stephen

I have the same problem as David.
I am using the latest version Vince Goulet's distribution on Windows
(GNU Emacs 23.3; ESS 5.14). (I also had the same result with XEmacs.)

2) When I use the shell R CMD... I get the expected output.

1) When in the .Rd buffer I request the buffer-file-name I get:

buffer-file-name is a variable defined in `C source code'.
Its value is "d:/xyz/man/Helpfile.Rd"
Local in buffer Helpfile.Rd; global value is nil

  Automatically becomes buffer-local when set in any fashion.
  This variable is potentially risky when used as a file local variable.

Name of file visited in current buffer, or nil if not visiting a file.

This means I get the correct (working) filename in the buffer,
but still an error when I try to preview the help file.

Thanks for your help in advance

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