ESS, Splus6.0 and help

Bill Dunlap bill at
Thu Aug 9 18:08:56 CEST 2001

On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, Jo Rean Sicks wrote:

> We are in the process of switching from Splus3.4 and
> S-mode/gnuemacs-19.28.1 to Splus6.0 and ESS-5.1.9/Xemacs-21.1.14.  Since
> Splus60 isn't listed as an option, we made S+5 link to the command
> Splus60.  The main problem we're having is with the helpfiles.
> If I try using the regular help command I get the following:
>   > help(lm)
>   Sorry, I don't know anything about your "emacs" terminal.
> If I try using ctrl-C ctrl-V  I get the actual html code.
> Is there some way to get around this?

Hi Jo Rean,

One workaround is to call
	options(help.pager="slynx -dump")
('slynx' is a version of lynx modified for use with Splus help files.)
This dumps the whole formatted help file into your buffer and you can
use emacs to page through it.  However, the links will not work.

Another workaround (if you have an X server running) is to use
	help(lm, window=T)
That puts up an xterm window running slynx to view the help file.

Does emacs have an html mode for viewing html files?

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