[R] pdf package help files

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Sat Dec 18 22:19:06 CET 2010

On 18/12/2010 2:20 PM, eric wrote:
> Newbie here...just learning
> Do most packages come with pdf versions of the help files ? If yes, how to I
> access the entire pdf file to be able to print it ? Is there a standard
> command for that ?

No, the pdf version is not normally installed.  If you want to see the 
same content on a locally installed package, run


then browse to the package.  The pdf files are just concatenated 
versions of all the help pages shown in that index.

You can produce the pdf using

R CMD Rd2dvi --pdf foo

where foo is a directory holding the source code to the package. 
Alternatively, as others have suggested, just look at the PDF on CRAN.

Duncan Murdoch

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