[R] Problems with "help(topic,offline=T)"

Uli Flenker; Raum 704 uli at biochem.dshs-koeln.de
Tue Dec 14 11:20:11 CET 1999


first of all thanks for the quick reply! I followed your instructions and
redirected the dvips and latex output to a file. The main problem seems to
be that latex complains about a missing style file ("bm.sty"). I felt my
latex distribution could be out of time and first searched the server of
the german TeX users group for an adequate style. Unfortunately without
success. Is that "bm.sty" shipped with R, or rather should it be?

I searched my R-source tree (0.90.0) and only found "Rd.sty" (and "S.sty" 
in the libraries).

Fault of mine during compilation/installation?

        Uli Flenker
        Institute of Biochemistry
        German Sports University Cologne
        Carl-Diem-Weg 6

        50933 Cologne / Germany

        Phone 0049/0221/4982-493

On 13 Dec 1999, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> Works for me...
> The last few lines of the help ($RHOME/bin/help) script say
>     ${LATEX} "\\nonstopmode\\input{${1}}" >/dev/null 2>&1
>     ${DVIPS} ${1} 2>/dev/null
>     if test -f ${1}.ps;
>     then
>         echo "Saving help page to \`${2}.ps'"
>         mv ${1}.ps ${ODIR}/${2}.ps
>     fi
>     rm -f ${1}.aux ${1}.dvi ${1}.log
> So if you're not seeing the "Saving help page to \`${2}.ps'" bit,
> chances are that ${DVIPS} sends directly to the printer, or tries to. 
> The other option is that ${LATEX} or  ${DVIPS} is failing fatally, for
> some reason that you won't see because of the redirections.
> Temporarily replacing /dev/null with a real file might reveal the
> source of the mystery.
> It's not a mystery that the .dvi files are cleaned up, cf the last
> line above.
> -- 
>    O__  ---- Peter Dalgaard             Blegdamsvej 3  
>   c/ /'_ --- Dept. of Biostatistics     2200 Cph. N   
>  (*) \(*) -- University of Copenhagen   Denmark      Ph: (+45) 35327918
> ~~~~~~~~~~ - (p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk)             FAX: (+45) 35327907

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