RSiteSearch {utils}R Documentation

Search for Key Words or Phrases in the R-help Mailing List Archives or Documentation


Search for key words or phrases in the R-help mailing list archives, or R manuals and help pages, using the search engine at and view them in a web browser.


            restrict = c("Rhelp02a", "functions", "docs"),
            format = c("normal", "short"),
            sortby = c("score", "date:late", "date:early",
                       "subject", "subject:descending",
                       "from", "from:descending",
                       "size", "size:descending"),
            matchesPerPage = 20)


string word(s) or phrase to search. If the words are to be searched as one entity, enclose all words in braces (see example).
restrict a character vector, typically of length larger than one: What areas to search in: Rhelp02a for R-help mailing list archive since 2002, Rhelp01 for mailing list archive before 2002, docs for R manuals, functions for help pages. R-devel for R-devel mailing list. Use c() to specify more than one.
format normal or short (no excerpts); can be abbreviated.
sortby character string (can be abbreviated) indicating how to sort the search results:
(score, date:late for sorting by date with latest results first, date:early for earliest first, subject for subject in alphabetical order, subject:descending for reverse alphabetical order, from or from:descending for sender (when applicable), size or size:descending for size.)
matchesPerPage How many items to show per page.


This function is designed to work with the search site at, and depends on that site continuing to be made available (thanks to Jonathan Baron and the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennslyvania).

Unique partial matches will work for all arguments. Each new browser window will stay open unless you close it.


(Invisibly) the complete URL passed to the browser, including the query string.


Andy Liaw and Jonathan Baron

See Also, help.start for local searches.

browseURL for how the help file is displayed.


## Not run: 
 # need Internet connection
RSiteSearch("{logistic regression}") # matches exact phrase
RSiteSearch("Baron Liaw", restr = "Rhelp02a")
## Search in R-devel archive and documents  (and store the query-string):
fullquery <- RSiteSearch("S4", restr = c("R-dev", "docs"))
fullquery # a string of ~ 116 characters
## the latest purported bug reports
RSiteSearch("bug", restr = "R-devel", sortby = "date:late")
## End(Not run)

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