[R] "R CMD Rd2txt" generate "_^H" for in all section titles

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Fri Nov 14 02:29:45 CET 2014

On Nov 13, 2014, at 11:51 AM, Zheng Da wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to generate plain text from the .Rd files. I run "R CMD
> Rd2txt xx.Rd -o xx.txt" to get the plain text file. When I open the
> text file, I see "_^H" in front of each character in all section
> titles. I can't figure out where the problem is. If I don't specify -o
> argument, "R CMD Rd2txt" prints on the standard output correctly. What
> should I do to output everything correctly to a file?

I think your (unstated) editor is displaying backspaces with ^H. The Section Header convention in Rd files is with interspersed underscores so they look like:


The ^H's are apparently being put in to "erase" or squeeze together the text separated by <underscores> and your editor is not handling it in the manner expected.

> Thanks,
> Da
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David Winsemius
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