[Rd] Wishlist for promptPackage / index

Peter Ruckdeschel Peter.Ruckdeschel at uni-bayreuth.de
Wed Apr 19 20:11:13 CEST 2006

On 4/19/2006 1:49 AM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

>On 4/18/2006 7:02 PM, Peter Ruckdeschel wrote:
>> would it be possible to enhance either promptPackage()
>> or the default indexing mechanism for packages
>> so that -- if it exists -- (the contents of) file
>> <pkgname>-package.Rd is sorted first in
>>   * the .dvi / .pdf  documentation file
>>   * the .chm  documentation file
>>   * the package 00index.html  documentation file

>They already sort first in the last of those.  I don't think it is
>really possible in the index of a .chm file; they are alphabetical
>sorting only, as far as I know.  (The package topic does sort first in
>the main contents page, which is the same as the 00index.html file.)

Yes, you are right: the first two cases are already settled
in a completely satisfying way [even with "+","-"-type methods!].

Sorry to have stirred you up --- I should have tried first.

>It probably makes sense in a .dvi/.pdf,

I tried out with an example now:
at least for this case my request still applies ...

>but as far as I recall, at the time I thought those were produced
>by the shell script for Rd2dvi, and it just seemed like too much trouble
>to change the collation order there.
>In fact, now I look closer I see they are produced by the Perl
>script tools/pkg2tex.pl so it shouldn't be hard to port the changes I
>made to Rdlists.pm over.  I'll take a look.

would be very nice; thank you very much

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