[ESS] help fails for functions with more than one option

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Jan 28 10:34:48 CET 2008

>>>>> "JimMcD" == James W MacDonald <jmacdon at med.umich.edu>
>>>>>     on Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:26:08 -0500 writes:

    JimMcD> I have also found this to be helpful: 

    JimMcD> library(tcltk)
    JimMcD> ?spec

Hmm, I've never have a problem with this:
For me, tcltk was always autoloaded and a popup-window (from
tcltk) with the menu was displayed; I click and the proper help
page is opened inside emacs.

    JimMcD> Best,

    JimMcD> Jim

    JimMcD> Richard M. Heiberger wrote:
    >> Here is a workaround.  The repair will probably take
    >> longer.
    >> Use ctrl-G to get the cursor back.  Then type
    >> help("spec", package="seewave")

yes, that's a workaround
But frankly I've never needed that.


    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From: ess-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
    >> [mailto:ess-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Manuel Morales
    >> Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 09:33 AM
    >> To: ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
    >> Subject: [ESS] help fails for functions with more than one option
    >> I have the package seewave installed and it has a function spec that is also
    >> in
    >> the package stats. Using R from the command line, I get the following result
    >> after typing in ?spec:
    >> ?spec
    >> Help on topic 'spec' was found in the following packages:
    >> Package               Library
    >> seewave               /usr/local/lib64/R/library
    >> stats                 /usr/local/lib64/R/library
    >> Choose one 
    >> 1: Frequency spectrum of a time wave {seewave}
    >> 2: Spectral Density Estimation {stats}
    >> Trying the same in emacs results in a hang.
    >> I am using emacs-5.3.6 on with the cvs version of xft-emacs.
    >> Thanks!
    >> Manuel

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