[ESS] keystroke for help
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Sep 1 17:02:13 CEST 2009
>>>>> "ba" == baptiste auguie <baptiste.auguie at googlemail.com>
>>>>> on Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:49:07 +0200 writes:
ba> Thanks! I'd tried that but sadly it was on a Grid function, and it so
ba> happens that Grid isn't part of the default help system... I guess custom
ba> packages can be added to the search path, somehow?
Of course, help is only searched in active packages, not in all
the thousands of packages that may be installed.
ba> Best regards,
ba> (still hoping to raise my editing ratio real work vs. ~/.emacs higher than
ba> 2009/9/1 Stephen Eglen <S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk>
>> baptiste auguie <baptiste.auguie at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> > Dear all,
>> > Yet again a silly question: how do you obtain help for a given function
>> > (selected, or simply where the cursor currently sits)? I could use C-c
>> > but this requires me to type the word again.
>> If point (emacs' term for the cursor) is currently on a R function,
>> e.g. apply, then when you do C-c C-v you should see in the echo area:
>> Help on (default apply):
>> so if you hit return, the default is used.
>> > Also, is there a way to open the help in a new window as opposed to
>> > masking the buffer I was working on? I keep having to switch back to
>> > this one with the mouse and it's annoying (e.g. when I start the R
>> > process it covers the file i was working with).
You should have the help open in another emacs buffer (in the
same frame aka "window"), and you can very quickly switch and
from that , using C-x o / C-x 1 / C-x 0 / C-x b etc etc.
*NO* need for the mouse here. There's nothing faster than the
>> See variable ess-help-own-frame if you want it in a separate frame.
Yes, but that will be even "slower" and more "mouse using".
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