[R] default help system (was Re: Basic package structure question)

Paul Roebuck roebuck at mdanderson.org
Fri Jun 23 20:26:06 CEST 2006

<<<Many parts of original thread [SNIP]'d>>>

On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> >> On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Joerg van den Hoff wrote:
> >>
> >>> our Windows machines lack proper development environments (mainly
> >>> missing perl is the problem for pure R-code packages, I believe?) and we
> >>> bypass this (for pure R-code packages only, of course) by
> >>>
> >>> 1.) install the package on the unix machine into the desired R library
> >>> 2.) zip the _installed_ package (not the source tree!) found in the R
> >>>           library directory
> >>> 3.) transfer this archive to the Windows machine
> >>> 4.) unzip directly into the desired library destination
> >>>
> >>> this procedure up to now always worked including properly installed
> >>> manpages (text + html (and I hope this remains the case in the future...)
> One obvious limitation of this install method is that it won't produce
> native Windows help files (.chm).  Plans are to make CHM the default
> help system as of the 2.4.0 release, so your packages will not work
> properly unless you give special instructions on how to change the help
> system defaults.

Is the decision to change default help files to CHM set
in stone? What's the payback for this change?

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