[R] .R Directory in Win ver 1.3.0 [forwarded]

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 4 09:47:21 CEST 2001

On Wed, 4 Jul 2001, M. Shiham Adam wrote:

> 	    [ Unfortunately,
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>  From: "M. Shiham Adam" <msadam at soest.hawaii.edu>
>  To: <owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>  Subject: .R Directory in Win ver 1.3.0
>  Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 12:42:42 -1000
> Dear R user,
> I am a neophyte user of R
> when I installed Windows  version. R 1.3.0 an additional directory <.R> was
> created which has only <help.db> file. I do not recall having this directory
> in the previous version. What is the significance of this directory? Are

It *was* used in earlier versions.

> these the help files? Can someone please explain this to me.

It is for internal use by help.search().  (Try ?help.search for an fuller
explnation.) You can delete it: it will be re-created in every R session in
which it is needed.

Using names beginning with `.' is a Unix convention for files/directories
which are not for use by the end users.  Just ignore them.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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