[R] Need online version of R help pages

Michael Dewey lists at dewey.myzen.co.uk
Sat Apr 18 14:27:53 CEST 2015

I am not sure how helpful this is going to be but Appendix C7 in the 
Installation and Administration manual is pretty bleak about your 
prospects with Cygwin.

On 18/04/2015 02:17, Paul Domaskis wrote:
> With all due respect, Duncan, I can't find the message advising
> against using the Cygwin port.  I did find a message about the
> mishandling of line endings, and I've asked on the cygwin forum
> (as advised).
> As I mentioned, I'm in an environment where updates are not possible,
> and I'm clarifying now that this means installations are even more
> impossible, at least not without extensive adminstrative delay.
> Basically, this is what I have to work with.  If anyone can suggest
> good ideas for the challenges as-is, that would be much appreciated.
> However, given your posts, I fully understand if the answer is "no".
> On the other hand, simply demanding a solution consisting of a course
> of action which is impossible at present...well, it's just impossible.
> Having said that, I'll just say that I've managed to exort the powers
> that be to install a Windows based version of R, but I have to work
> with what I currently have for at least a week.  I should also mention
> that I've submitted an update to the mailing list on a workaround for
> the R help problem on cygwin.  It might not have propagated to
> recipients yet.
> I appreciate the further info on the extent of the bugginess of the
> cygwin port.
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 9:04 PM, Duncan Murdoch
> <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 16/04/2015 5:02 PM, paul wrote:
>>> The help for the cygwin port of R is buggy and hides random lines
>>> of text.
>> You've already been told not to use the Cygwin port.  It's buggy in
>> the help pages, and probably in many other respects as well.  It
>> doesn't pass the R self-tests.  Don't use it.
>>>   Consquently, I've been relying on Google, but it is often not
>>>   clear how directly relevant the info is for the specific command
>>>   that I'm using.  For example, reshape is complicated, and has more
>>>   than 1 version.
>>> Is there an online version of the help pages?
>>> I tried looking for html versions of the help pages by ferruting
>>> through the R.home() subtree.  Haven't found them so far.  There
>>> are package pages in subdirectories <package>/html/00Index.html,
>>> but they just contain links to html files that don't reside in my
>>> R.home() subtree.  There are also subdirectories <package>/help,
>>> but they contain pages that I don't recognize (*.rds, *.rdb,
>>> *.rdx).
>>> Getting desparate here, and realizing how the web is not in any way
>>> a substituted for locally available help pages that you can be
>>> confident is right for your installation.
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