vignette {utils}R Documentation

View or List Vignettes


View a specified vignette, or list the available ones.


vignette(topic, package = NULL, lib.loc = NULL)

## S3 method for class 'vignette':
print(x, ...)
## S3 method for class 'vignette':
edit(name, ...)


topic a character string giving the (base) name of the vignette to view. If omitted, all vignettes from all installed packages are listed.
package a character vector with the names of packages to search through, or NULL in which case all available packages in the library trees specified by lib.loc are searched.
lib.loc a character vector of directory names of R libraries, or NULL. The default value of NULL corresponds to all libraries currently known.
x, name Object of class vignette.
... Ignored by the print method, passed on to file.edit by the edit method.


Function vignette returns an object of the same class, the print method opens a viewer for it. Currently, only PDF versions of vignettes can be viewed. The program specified by the pdfviewer option is used for this. If several vignettes have PDF versions with base name identical to topic, the first one found is used.

If no topics are given, all available vignettes are listed. The corresponding information is returned in an object of class "packageIQR".

The edit method extracts the R code from the vignette to a temporary file and opens the file in an editor (see edit). This makes it very easy to execute the commands line by line, modify them in any way you want to help you test variants, etc.. An alternative way of extracting the R code from the vignette is to run Stangle on the source code of the vignette, see the examples below.


## List vignettes from all *installed* packages (can take long!):

## Not run: 
## Open the grid intro vignette

## The same
v1 <- vignette("grid")

## Now let us have a closer look at the code

## An alternative way of extracting the code,
## R file is written to current working directory

## A package can have more than one vignette (package grid has several):
## The same, but without searching for it:
vignette("rotated", package="grid")
## End(Not run)

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