[Rd] \link{\url{anything}} gives Rdconv trouble (PR#6496)

d.firth at warwick.ac.uk d.firth at warwick.ac.uk
Wed Jan 28 22:28:57 MET 2004

Full_Name: David Firth
Version: 1.8.0
OS: Mac OS 10.2.8
Submission from: (NULL) (

In .Rd files, we use \url{stuff} to refer to a URL on the web.  Just as the
documentation says.

Perhaps this isn't a bug, then, but certainly it's a trap for the unwary.  If
the construction
appears in a .Rd file, then 
   Rdconv --type=html ...
gets stuck and appears to grow and grow and grow...

My version of Perl is 5.6.0.

A warning in the documentation might be considered a fix for this, although it
might reasonably be regarded as going too far in warning people against their
own stupidity!  

Would it be better if it caused an error?  I have no idea what would be involved
in trapping that, and obviously if it's not a simple matter then this is one for
the trashcan.


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