R-beta: Error message from library install

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Thu Oct 2 08:49:38 CEST 1997

>>>>> "DB" == Douglas Bates <bates at stat.wisc.edu> writes:

    DB> I am trying to install a library for my linear models class.  (The
    DB> name "st849" comes from the course identification, Statistics 849.)

    DB> # R INSTALL st849
    DB> Installing package `st849' ...
    DB> Building help pages for package `st849'
    DB> NONE:0: m4: ERROR: EOF in argument list
    DB> RWC
    DB> qr.Q
    DB> DONE

    DB> Should I be concerned about the m4 error?  I am prepared to believe
    DB> that it is caused by my not getting the syntax of a help file
    DB> correct but I am not sure exactly where the error is.

Yes, Doug,
the 'm4' error message  must come from a 
syntax error in an R documentation (aka 'man') file.

Usually it is a missing ")"...
Finding the exact location:  First you should try to guess which file
causes the problem. This is not so hard (usually).
Then,  using emacs ;-) with font-locking  and paren-matching
usually has helped to locate the problem quickly.

Note that in version 0.60  these problems fortunately will be gone,...
(new .Rd format  and  perl used for doing the translations.
 ``perl'', ie., you will love it, Doug!)

    DB> I will make a tar file of the library available as
    DB> ftp://franz.stat.wisc.edu/pub/st849.tar.gz for anyone who is
    DB> interested.  The library is primarily the data from the examples
    DB> and exercises in the text "Regression Analysis: Theory, Methods,
    DB> and Applications" by Sen and Srivastava (Springer, 1990).  --
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