# parse_Rd

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##### Parse an Rd file

This function reads an R documentation (Rd) file and parses it, for processing by other functions.

Keywords
utilities, documentation
##### Usage
parse_Rd(file, srcfile = NULL, encoding = "unknown", verbose = FALSE, fragment = FALSE, warningCalls = TRUE)
"print"(x, deparse = FALSE, ...)
"as.character"(x, deparse = FALSE, ...)
##### Arguments
file
A filename or text-mode connection. At present filenames work best.
srcfile
NULL, or a "srcfile" object. See the ‘Details’ section.
encoding
Encoding to be assumed for input strings.
verbose
Logical indicating whether detailed parsing information should be printed.
fragment
Logical indicating whether file represents a complete Rd file, or a fragment.
warningCalls
Logical: should parser warnings include the call?
x
An object of class Rd.
deparse
If TRUE, attempt to reinstate the escape characters so that the resulting characters will parse to the same object.
...
Further arguments to be passed to or from other methods.
##### Details

This function parses ‘Rd’ files according to the specification given in http://developer.r-project.org/parseRd.pdf.

It generates a warning for each parse error and attempts to continue parsing. In order to continue, it is generally necessary to drop some parts of the file, so such warnings should not be ignored.

##### Value

parse_Rd returns an object of class "Rd". The internal format of this object is subject to change. The as.character() and print() methods defined for the class return character vectors and print them, respectively.Files without a marked encoding are by default assumed to be in the native encoding. An alternate default can be set using the encoding argument. All text in files is translated to the UTF-8 encoding in the parsed object.

##### References
Rd2HTML for the converters that use the output of parse_Rd().