[R] no html help upon upgrading to 2.10

Bert Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Fri Dec 4 21:46:37 CET 2009

?help   (see argument help_type)

This has been asked before. My understanding is that there was a licensing
issue with Microsoft's compiled html help; so what you need to do is specify

options(help_type = "html")

in your startup process. There are a variety of ways to do so, explained in
?Startup .

Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Biostatistics


-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On
Behalf Of Jim Bouldin
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 11:44 AM
To: R help
Subject: [R] no html help upon upgrading to 2.10

I just upgraded from 2.8.1 to 2.10 on Windows Vista.  BIG MISTAKE
apparently because now when I type:

> help(functionname)


I get only a small text window giving some very basic info on the topic,

base-package               package:base                R Documentation

The R Base Package


     Base R functions


     This package contains the basic functions which let R function as
     a language: arithmetic, input/output, basic programming support,
     etc.  Its contents are available through inheritance from any

     For a complete list of functions, use 'library(help="base")'.

and not the html help screen with full package or function description like
I used to.  Exceedingly problematic, and I can find nothing either in the
FAQs or the R search sites on what to do.   Solutions much appreciated,

Jim Bouldin, PhD
Research Ecologist
Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Davis CA, 95616

R-help at r-project.org mailing list
PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

More information about the R-help mailing list