[R] Defective help pages

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Mon Mar 1 02:37:56 CET 2010

On 28/02/2010 7:39 PM, Peter Danenberg wrote:
>> As of R 2.10.0, the plain text is generated by the tools::Rd2txt function 
>> from the same source as the HTML, i.e. the parsed Rd files stored in the 
>> .rdb file in the package help directories.
>> It looks as though ESS is the problem here, but I don't really know what it 
>> is doing that could cause the symptoms you saw.
> I notice that there are windows-style newlines, even though I compiled
> HEAD from scratch in Cygwin; and running `R CMD Rd2txt <file.Rd>'
> produces the same defective output, so I'm not sure it's an ESS
> problem.

We don't support Cygwin builds; that could be part of your problem.  The 
only supported builds on Windows are using MinGW.

Duncan Murdoch

> My hypothesis was that Rd2txt is invoking some defective system
> command; but it appears to do all of its parsing and output itself.

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