RINSTALL with doc clobbers function.html

Paul Gilbert pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 13:04:07 -0500

What I meant was that
R INSTALL    -l rlibs  dse

and  ${RHOME}/doc/html/packages.html

with the documentation for dse, rather than appending it to those files. I was
led to believe that this was not a local quirk before, and was just point out
that it is still a problem in 0.63. If it really is now a local quirk then I'll
work on it some more.

>Also, those files are probably not relevant any more:
>help.start sets up links in ${HOME}/.R for this, and updates if needed.

This seems to fix packages.html but not function.html.  It appears to write a
new file ${HOME}/.R/packages.html but ${HOME}/.R/function.html is a link to
${RHOME}/doc/html/function.html which has been clobbered by the install.

This mechanism seems to have the implication that packages which are going to be
used by several people should be installed by the owner of R (e.g. R INSTALL
dse).  I have been installing to a private library (e.g. R INSTALL    -l rlibs
dse) on the assumption that someone other than the R owner might install a
package for several people to use. Is there a preferred way to do this?

(Also, possible a local quirk, help.start() seems to pop open a mail message
which I'm editing and have closed on my desktop.)

Paul Gilbert

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