[R] Location of HTML help files [on Firefox 3]

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Aug 13 13:06:09 CEST 2008

I've added a couple of workarounds to this in R-patched and hence the 
upcoming R 2.7.2.

1) There is a new menu item on Rgui to go directly to SearchEngine.html.

2) help.start() has a new argument searchEngine=TRUE to do the same.

R 2.7.2 is 12 days' away, so it would be appreciated if Firefox 3 users 
would do some testing (especially on platforms other than Windows, which 
is all I have tested with Firefox 3).  Hopefully these changes will appear 
in R-patched in tonight's tarball and Windows binary build (from the CRAN 

On Thu, 31 Jul 2008, Keith Ponting wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 7:27 PM, Jan Smit <smit1 at un.org> wrote:
>> I am using R 2.7.1 under Windows XP, installed at C:/R/R-2.7.1.
>> The location of the HTML SearchEngine is
>> file:///C:/R/R-2.7.1/doc/html/search/SearchEngine.html. Now, when I
> type
> a
>> phrase, say "reshape", in the search text field, the Search Results
> page
>> suggest that the location of the reshape HTML help file is
>> file:///C:/R/library/stats/html/reshape.html, while in reality it is
>> file:///C:/R/R-2.7.1/library/stats/html/reshape.html.
>> Is there an easy way in which I can fix this?
> I too had this problem with Firefox 3.0 and 3.0.1 (but not with 3.0 RC1
> by the way).
> A work-around which works for me is to go directly to the search engine
> page (enter URI
> file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/R/R-2.7.1/doc/html/search/SearchEngin
> e.html on my Windows Vista installation), rather than going there by
> following the link on the R documentation page
> (file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/R/R-2.7.1/doc/html/index.html)
> Keith Ponting
> Aurix Ltd, Malvern WR14 3SZ  UK
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