[Rd] RFC: What should ?foo do?

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Fri Apr 25 20:23:46 CEST 2008

Dear all,

Why not leave ? more-or-less as it is (at least for ?foo) and add arguments
to help() for other kinds of searches? Perhaps the kind of search that
help() does by default could be set as an option.


John Fox, Professor
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
web: socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Deepayan Sarkar
> Sent: April-25-08 1:54 PM
> To: R-devel
> Subject: Re: [Rd] RFC: What should ?foo do?
> For what it's worth, I use ?foo mostly to look up usage of functions
> that I know I want to use, and find it perfect for that (one benefit
> over help() is that completion works for ?). The only thing I miss is
> the ability to do the equivalent of help("foo", package = "bar");
> ?bar::foo gives the help page for "::". Perhaps that would be
> something to consider for addition.
> -Deepayan
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