[R] looking into function body without package installation
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Fri Mar 5 13:25:19 CET 2010
Olga Lyashevska wrote:
> Dear all,
> I was wondering if there is a way to explore a syntax of particular
> function without package installation?
> I am trying to write my own functions, and I would like to see how
> other people approached similar problems. If every time I have to
> install/load package to be able to explore function syntax I end up
> installing loads of packages I am never going to use.
> I have also tried to use package 'sos' which does provide a good
> facility to find relevant information, but it seems it does not give
> any info on function body.
The source of CRAN packages is available to download from there.
Sometimes the source gives better information than deparsed versions
of functions: it shows all the functions in the order the author
thought was sensible, it contains comments, etc. But it won't save much
time compared to installing and loading the package.
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