[ESS] help does not work with updated R
Richard M. Heiberger
rmh at temple.edu
Sat Apr 7 03:29:09 CEST 2007
Thank you, Vincent, for detecting the change of help browser as the probable
cause. It hasn't been an ESS bug since ESS-5.3.4 in March 2007, which is due
for release real-soon-now. You can download an advance copy from the svn site.
The latest development version of ESS is available via
`https://svn.R-project.org/ESS/', the ESS Subversion repository. If
you have a Subversion client (see `http://subversion.tigris.org/'), you
can download the sources using:
% svn checkout https://svn.r-project.org/ESS/trunk PATH
which will put the ESS files into directory PATH. Later, within
that directory, `svn update' will bring that directory up to date.
Windows-based tools such as TortoiseSVN are also available for
downloading the files. Alternatively, you can browse the sources with a
web browser at: ESS SVN site (https://svn.r-project.org/ESS/trunk).
However, please use a subversion client instead to minimize the load
The workaround in 5.3.4 is exactly what you suggest. We automatically issue
options(chmhelp = FALSE)
I consider this a workaround because I would like the option to use chmhelp
from within the *R* buffer. Right now it doesn't work at all, and I haven't
figured out why not. It's probably some kind of mismatch between emacs assumptions
and MS Windows assumptions. As soon as I do, it will be an option in the distributed ESS.
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