[R] Can browseURL open a lynx browser?

Deepayan Sarkar deep@y@n@@@rk@r @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sun Mar 20 09:06:25 CET 2022

On Sun, Mar 20, 2022 at 12:39 PM Ashim Kapoor <ashimkapoor using gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I wish to do :
> browseURL("http://www.google.com","lynx")
> But this is not opening the lynx browser. I am able to open lynx from
> the Debian command line and lynx is on the PATH.

I haven't used lynx in a while, but

browseURL("http://www.google.com", browser = "elinks -remote")

works for me as long as an elinks session is already running.


> When I do :
> browseURL("http://www.google.com")
> it does open up the url in Firefox.
> When I do ?browseURL it says:
>           If ‘browser’ supports remote control and R knows how to
>           perform it, the URL is opened in any already-running browser
>           or a new one if necessary.  This mechanism currently is
>           available for browsers which support the ‘"-remote
>           openURL(...)"’ interface (which includes Mozilla and Opera),
>           Galeon, KDE konqueror (_via_ kfmclient) and the GNOME
>           interface to Mozilla. (Firefox has dropped support, but
>           defaults to using an already-running browser.)  Note that the
>           type of browser is determined from its name, so this
>           mechanism will only be used if the browser is installed under
>           its canonical name.
> How can I find out if the -remote openURL interface is supported by lynx?
> Thank you,
> Ashim
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