ben@zoo.ufl.edu ben at zoo.ufl.edu
Tue Jan 16 01:13:23 CET 2001

  Interesting, and certainly a better solution than hacking Perl scripts.
I was actually more interested in this scripting/htdig option as a
function for other people (e.g., an option set up on the R project web
page) than for myself.  For myself, I'm generally happy enough searching
my local HTML help and searching the packages page on CRAN.  It just seems
that there are many people who are a little too ignorant (no pejorative
connotation intended) or lazy (slight p.c.) to do this search for
themselves, and it might help to have such an engine available.
   Speaking of lazy, the odds of my setting this up are slim, but it might
happen ...

  Ben Bolker

On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, Jason Turner wrote:

> 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
> Jason

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