[R] help uses only netscape?

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Nov 13 17:24:23 CET 2001

Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> On Tue, 13 Nov 2001, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> >       Thomas Lumley wrote:
> > >The difficulty is that R needs to be able to tell the browser to load
> > >a new page (rather than starting a new instance with that new page)
> >
> > Why does R not start a new instance? Then one could more easily look at the help
> > for two things at the same time.
> Modern browsers have a 25Mb or more footprint.  You really don't want too
> many of those in memory at once.  Starting a new window is more reasonable
> (and could be made an option, I think, for some browsers).

But that is already built into some of them:

Try (NS 4.7x)

netscape fee.fie.foo &
netscape foo.bar.baz &

then press Alt-Q in either and both will die. 

Mozilla 0.7 seems effectively to have -remote as the default.

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