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Replace or modify parts of Rd objects.


Rdo_modify(rdo, val, create = FALSE, replace = FALSE, top = TRUE)

Rdo_replace_section(rdo, val, create = FALSE, replace = TRUE)



an Rd object.


an Rd fragment.


if TRUE, create a new section, see `Details'.


a logical, if TRUE val replaces the old content, otherwise val is concatenated with it, see `Details'.


a logical, if TRUE examine also the "Rd_tag" of rdo, see `Details'.


Argument rdo is an Rd object (complete or a fragment) to be modified. val is an Rd fragment to use for modification.

Basically, val is appended to (if replace is FALSE) or replaces (if replace is TRUE) the content of an element of rdo which has the same "Rd_tag" as val.

Argument top specifies whether to check the "Rd_tag" of rdo itself, see below.

Here are the details.

If top is TRUE and rdo and val have the same (non-NULL) "Rd_tag", then the action depends on replace (argument create is ignored in this case). If replace is TRUE, val is returned. Otherwise rdo and val are, effectively, concatenated. For example, rdo may be the "arguments" section of an Rd object and val may also be an "arguments" section containing new arguments.

Otherwise, an element with the "Rd_tag" of val is searched in rdo using tools:::RdTags(). If such elements are found, the action again depends on replace.

  1. If replace is a character string, then the first element of rdo that is a list whose only element is identical to the value of replace is replaced by val. If such an element is not present and create is TRUE, val is inserted in rdo. If create is FALSE, rdo is not changed.

  2. If replace is TRUE, the first element found is replaced with val.

  3. If replace is FALSE, val is appended to the first element found.

If no element with the "Rd_tag" of val is found the action depends on create. If create is TRUE, then val is inserted in rdo, effectively creating a new section. If create is FALSE, an error is thrown.

Rdo_replace_section is like Rdo_modify with argument top fixed to TRUE and the default for argument replace set to TRUE. It hardly makes sense to call Rdo_replace_section with replace = FALSE but a character value for it may be handy in some cases, see the examples.


an Rd object or fragment, as described in `Details'


Georgi N. Boshnakov


# a <- tools::parse_Rd("./man/promptUsage.Rd")
# char2Rdpiece("documentation", "keyword")

# this changes a keyword from Rd to documentation
# Rdo_replace_section(a, char2Rdpiece("documentation", "keyword"), replace = "Rd")