[R] Help Files Now Load in the Internet Browser?

Carl Witthoft carl at witthoft.com
Thu Mar 11 23:29:47 CET 2010

<quote>On 11/03/2010 12:21 PM, David Bapst wrote:
 > Hello,
 > I recently had to reinstall R on my windows machine, because MASS
 > mysteriously vanished from my packages list. Before, when I used
 > help(), the files would load in a Windows help window. Now, the help
 > files load in my internet browser, which actually is problematic
 > because I always made use of the contents/topics list to browse the
 > help files in the Windows Help window. ("I don't remember the name of
 > the function, but it was in MASS, so I'll just open a help file for a
 > different function in MASS...").
 > I looked in the updates list and read that the help files had been
 > converted. Is there still any way to get the help files to load again
 > in the windows html help with the topics list?

No, there isn't. You can get an equivalent list to the index (same 
information, different format) by running help.start() and clicking on 
the "Packages" link.

Duncan Murdoch

Well, careful there.  If you were to use OSX, you could indeed get the 
R.app gui's help window to display help files.

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