[R] using chm help files under linux
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Mar 10 17:18:59 CET 2009
On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, Jose Quesada wrote:
> Chm (compiled help) is a microsoft invention. It's the default help
> system under windows, but not so under linux.
> I found that (at times) I like better how chm help looks.
> Since there are chm viewers under linux, using chm help files should
> be possible.
You don't just need a viewer, you need a help compiler. We were
unable to find a complete one other than from Microsoft, and the
latter seems no longer to be under development (and has a serious
security alert on it). So the future of CHM help even for R under
Windows is uncertain.
> Has anybody tried to set R so it opens chm by default? I'm sure
> there's some flag or Rprofile var that could get this done.
There is for R for Windows, it that is what you are asking. And you
can run Windows R under WINE.
Personally, I like the Mac OS X compiled help system better than the
Windows one, but we do not provide that even on Mac OS X. And these
things *are* a matter of personal preference.
> Jose Quesada, PhD
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