[R] help uses only netscape?

Patrick Connolly P.Connolly at hortresearch.co.nz
Tue Nov 13 23:34:07 CET 2001

According to Peter Dalgaard BSA:
|> 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.

Mozilla has changed quite a lot since 0.7.  With 0.9.5, there is a
small problem in that if Mozilla isn't running, 

	help.start(browser = "mozilla")

will begin Mozilla, but not open the URL.  However, simply running it
again will get what it should.

Opera 5 manages to find it in one go, but the Java search won't work
in either.

Closing R will close the browser if it wasn't running before
help.start() was run.  That appears appropriate.


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