[R-SIG-Mac] 2.10.0 beta help functions

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Thu Oct 15 03:41:18 CEST 2009

On Oct 14, 2009, at 9:12 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> Peter Cowan wrote:
>> I just installed the nightly from r.research.att.com called "R 2.10.0
>> beta (2009-10-13)" for leopard using the pkg installer.
>> When I use ?plot or help(plot) the help window opens, but is blank.
>> And, I get this warning:
>>> ?plot
>> Warning message:
>> In help("plot", package = NULL) :
>>  htmhelp = TRUE is deprecated: use help_type ="html"
>> I know the help system has changed significantly in 2.10.0 and I
>> apologize if it is poor form to report errors such as this while the
>> still in the beta phase, but my reliance on these help functions has
>> prevented me from continuing to use the beta and test other changes.
>> BTW thank you for the option, in the new installer, to only install
>> the 64bit GUI version.
> I can confirm the problem in a current download, which labels itself  
> as 2.10.0 alpha (2009-10-08 r49995), R for Mac OS X GUI 1.30-devel  
> Leopard build 32-bit.
> You can get to the help system by running help.start(), but internal  
> requests like ?plot will still go to the internal browser, which  
> isn't working.

Thanks - I'll look into this.

>  You can work around the bug by deleting the "AQUA" section of  
> utils:::print.help_files_with_topic, e.g. by doing as follows:
> print.help_files_with_topic <- utils:::print.help_files_with_topic
> and then deleting the lines
>   if (.Platform$GUI == "AQUA") {
>       .Internal(aqua.custom.print("help-files", x))
>       return(invisible(x))
>   }
> from your copy of print.help_files_with_topic.
> One other problem with the installer:  by default it installed both  
> 32 and 64 bit versions, but R wouldn't start until I re-installed  
> without the 64 bit version.  I'm using Leopard 10.5.8 on an old  
> Intel Core Duo Macbook.  Can the installer detect that 64 bit  
> executables are not supported, and not install it?

It *is* checking the CPU and adjusting the installation accordingly,  
but there is some conflict in the automatically generated installer --  
it's not present when I create the package manually so it will need  
some more investigation...


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