[R] how to search r-help?

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Fri Jan 19 21:55:46 CET 2018

> On Jan 19, 2018, at 10:57 AM, Mark Dwyer via R-help <r-help at r-project.org> wrote:
> Also https://www.r-project.org/posting-guide.html indicates that RSiteSearch() within R searches R-help but in my install (3.4.3) RSiteSearch() only searches  "help pages, vignettes or taskviews"
> On 19/01/18 10:47, Mark Dwyer wrote:
>> I am new to this listand am unable to get the search tools listed on https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help towork. What do people use to search the help archives?
>> 1. The google search box on http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/~rking/R/
>>    returns a 404 error.
>> 2. The http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/ site has many references but I
>>    don't see how to search r-help from there.
>> 3. The http://www.mail-archive.com/r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch/ site
>>    seems to stop back in December 2007.
>> 4. I cannot get anything useful from
>>    http://dir.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.r.general.

For R-help I've been using:


To find documentation, I use:

findFn("topic items")

You could conceivably use Googles advanced search with the site set to the "true" Archives.


David Winsemius
Alameda, CA, USA

'Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.'   -Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Third Law

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