[R] RSiteSearch() not in posting guide

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Tue Jul 18 15:29:07 CEST 2006

I think the posting guide may have been written prior to the
existence of RSiteSearch as a builtin command.

On 7/18/06, Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson at ucl.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> In a recent reply I sent to the list, my initial response was to
> suggest, politely that by reading the posting guide and learning to use
> the supplied tools one can often help oneself. I then went on to say
> that reading the posting guide would have led you to RSiteSearch("insert
> query"). Luckily I went to the posting guide to check this was there
> before posting and much to my surprise that page does not once mention
> this excellent facility!
> In the section "Do your homework before posting:", help.search()
> and ?foo are recommended, but these only work for installed, and
> possibly loaded, packages. Wouldn't it be better to suggest a user try
> RSiteSearch("foo") as well? This way they are far more likely to find
> something relevant if that something resides on CRAN or the mailing list
> archives.
> Can I suggest adding another bullet with the following text to the "Do
> your homework before posting:" section:
> Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type this at the R
> prompt) to search R, contributed packages and R-Help postings. To
> restrict the search to functions only, use RSiteSearch("keyword",
> restrict = "functions"). See ?RSiteSearch.
> or shorter:
> Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type this at the R
> prompt) to search R functions, contributed packages and R-Help postings.
> See ?RSiteSearch for further options and to restrict searches.
> G
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