[ESS] ?foo doesn't work in development

Ross Boylan ross at biostat.ucsf.edu
Thu Oct 3 22:14:40 CEST 2013

I synced up with ESS git yesterday, and noticed today that ? help
doesn't work.  That is, if I type ?matrix nothing happens except I get a
new line with a prompt.

I have edited ess-help.el locally to eliminate the 'force argument that
caused trouble for my emacs.  But I didn't notice any changes to that
file when I took in the latest changes.

*ESS* shows
ess-setq-vars-LOCAL): language=S, dialect=R, buf=nil, comint..echoes=t,
(ess-help '*help[R](matrix)*' start  ..
 |--> t [searching nil]
(ess-help: kill bogus buffer *help[R](matrix)* ..

*Messages* has
No documentation for ‘']'’ in specified packages and libraries:
No documentation for ‘'['’ in specified packages and libraries:
No documentation for ‘subscript’ in specified packages and libraries:
No documentation found;  [2 times]
reflecting some earlier queries (which also produced nothing).  There
are corresponding entries in *ESS* for them.

I was also a bit suprised by the new startup, since AFIK ESS didn't use
to install a library:
R version 2.15.1 (2012-06-22) -- "Roasted Marshmallows"
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> >
Installing package(s) into
(as ‘lib’ is unspecified)
inferring 'repos = NULL' from the file name
* installing *source* package ‘ESSR’ ...
** R
** preparing package for lazy loading
** help
*** installing help indices
** building package indices
** testing if installed package can be loaded

> library(ESSR)
> options(STERM='iESS', str.dendrogram.last="'", editor='emacsclient',

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