[R] R-help mailing list archives

Marc Schwartz m@rc_@chw@rtz @end|ng |rom me@com
Tue Jun 11 13:58:58 CEST 2019

> On Jun 11, 2019, at 4:03 AM, Martin Maechler <maechler using stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:
>>>>>> Brent via R-help 
>>>>>>    on Sun, 9 Jun 2019 03:07:38 +0000 writes:
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>> This email list's archives:
>> Apologies in advance if this question has been asked and
>> answered many times already.
>> But know that before posting this, in addition to a normal
>> web search, I tried to find prior discussions on this
>> email list.
>> This is problematic.  The official site    
>> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help says that the
>> only ways which partly work are the GMANE interfaces and
>> the Nabble one.
> You misread what it tries to say. The first time it mentions 'archives'
> it gives you the link showing 'R-help Archives' which goes to
>   https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/
> which are the official R-help archives (on that same server stat.ethz.ch
> provided to the R community by the Math Dept. of ETH Zurich).
> They work "fine" but don't have a nice 1-click search interface.
> So you what has worked for ca 20 years
> {{ but people probably
>   mostly have not learned anymore thanks to the universally "fool
>   proof" search interface
> }}
> still works fine: Use  the site:<SITE> trick,  i.e.,
> where I found that adding "pipermail" is also somewhat important
> to find more mailing list answers (than R help pages which are
> also served from there).
> E.g., 
>      site:stat.ethz.ch pipermail R windows GUI scaling
> finds a lot (but maybe nothing relevant to your search), notably
> with Google;
> a bit less unfortunately  with my usual search engine "Duck Duck
> Go" (which is *not* keeping track as much as Google of everything I do )
>> I got a Error 522 page from GMANE.
> Yes, unfortunately...  Should probably remove that link from the
> R-help info page; it has gone for several years now AFAIK.
> Martin Maechler
> ETH Zurich and R Core Team
>> Nabble returned 2 hits for variations on the search terms
>> "rgui high dpi 4k"    
>> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/Font-Size-for-View-under-Linux-td4746104.html
>> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/Bug-report-problems-with-saving-plots-on-a-Windows-PC-with-4k-monitor-wrong-picture-size-td4752183.html
>> None are relevant here.


Just to amplify Martin's comments, if you go to the main R Project web site, you will find, in the left hand navigation links the following:



Getting Help:

both of which eventually link to search resources such as rseek.org, which are dedicated to R related searches.

Using rseek.org and the "All" tab, with the same search phrase as above, though not quoted, led to the following two hits:

R-Devel from 2015:

A Microsoft support note:

It is not clear to me if either is helpful here in the end as I do not have a 4K display, but at least shows alternative results using rseek.org.

Note that rseek.org, includes other sources beyond the official R e-mail list archives, which is why the MS note comes up. You can narrow the results by using the various tab options at the top of the page.


Marc Schwartz

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