[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.

>From ../ess/ANNOUNCE

   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
when retrieving.

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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