Jason Turner jasont at indigoindustrial.co.nz
Mon Jan 15 22:25:38 CET 2001

On Mon, Jan 15, 2001 at 01:12:36PM -0500, ben at zoo.ufl.edu wrote:
>   [If I were a better Perl programmer I would write a script that would
> try to answer "Can R ... ?" questions automatically by (1) searching the
> help pages on CRAN, (2) searching the package sources, (3) searching the
> mail archives ...]

It's not quite the answer you're looking for, but...

I run R on my Linux box, which also runs Apache (www.apache.org).
I've set up the html documentation in the publicly available
docs (visible to apache), and set up htdig as my search engine
(www.htdig.org).  I just type in the subject, and get links to
the (very good) html documentation.  This has served my purposes
*very* well, and I'd recommend it any day.  htdig can be quite
flexible about where it searches, and you could re-direct it
to the CRAN site.  I'm on a slow modem, so I haven't done this.

I do this with any html documentation I get, and it's a good
way to find other software that does the job you want in software
you mightn't have thought of.

Hope that helps

Indigo Industrial Controls Ltd.
jasont at indigoindustrial.co.nz
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