[R-SIG-Mac] finding things in R manuals

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 3 13:59:47 CET 2012

If you have multiple versions of R installed it is really convenient 
that they contain the appropriate manuals.  I have an archive back to 
2.0.0 (and a few before) that I consult surprisingly often.

Our dept builds for Linux have always done 'make install install-pdf', 
and I think the argument that binary distributions of R should contain 
all the useful pieces is strong now space does not matter.

The Windows team have decided to simplify their installer for 2.15.0 
and always install all the documentation and tests, so the only 
choices will be 32-bit, 64-bit or both.

On Fri, 3 Feb 2012, Berend Hasselman wrote:

> On 03-02-2012, at 12:37, Ruth Ripley wrote:
>> I prefer Adobe reader's directory search. But I don't have the up-to-date set of pdf manuals on my computer. I can do an easy global search of the html manuals with text wrangler but I then have to read html. I am thinking I will have to start building my own R just to get the ability to build the manual pdf's.
> I don't think you have to do that. I also like using the pdf manuals for browsing/searching/...
> I recently built the pdf manuals for R-2.14.1. I have attached two scripts that did it for me.
> The setup script prepares the R build system.
> The make-R-pdf script just makes the pdf manuals and copies them to the current directory.
> Both these scripts should placed in the directory where you have unpacked R sources (R-2.14.1.tar.gz).
> Comments and improvements welcome.
> Berend

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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