[R] Need online version of R help pages

Paul Paul.Domaskis at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 16:43:25 CEST 2015

Acknowledged, Michael.  I appreciate the pointer to the info.

For at least a short while, however, this is my only access to R, so I
am using this environment to ramp up on times series and R as much a
possible.  I think it should suffice for that purpose, and the real
analysis can occur in a more reliable installation R.  I've managed to
work the ropes on a better installation, but the solution won't be

Michael Dewey <lists <at> dewey.myzen.co.uk> writes:
| 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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