[R] help uses only netscape?

Mark Myatt mark at myatt.demon.co.uk
Mon Nov 19 11:02:34 CET 2001

Thomas Lumley <tlumley at u.washington.edu> writes:
>To paraphrase Henry Ford, you can run any browser as long as it's
>netscape (at the moment).
>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) when you
>ask for help on a topic.  Most browsers don't allow this. Apparently
>recent Mozillas do, and it's possible that Konqueror may have a way to do
>this, but we don't really know how.
>It does need fixing, at it would be Really Nice if someone were to work
>out how to support more browsers.

I have just started using Konqueror as my help browser (Netscape seems a
bit too prone to crashing and leaving dead processes in memory) and it
seems to work OK. One problem is that it spills some stuff to the
console while browsing the help files. A little annoying but no big

I think that Jeff's request might have been a bit simpler than that ...
you can specify a different browser using:

        options(browser = "mybrowser")

You can change the Netscape default in the system or local Rprofile file
(you'll probably need root privileges to edit the system Rprofile).


Mark Myatt

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