[ESS] html help in R 2.10 (Linux)

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Dec 4 15:14:24 CET 2009

Jonathan Baron wrote:
> I would like to use the html help in R.  In .Rprofile, I have (among
> other options):
> options(browser="/home/baron/firefox/firefox",help_type="html")
> It works but it has two problems.  First, if I say
> ?sum
> in the R window in emacs, for example, ESS splits the frame and opens
> a blank frame in the bottom half, which I do not want and have to kill
> manually.

I wish I could some that.  It's annoying.

> Second, if I ask for help again, ESS opens a new browser window.  At
> the end of the sessions I have several windows open, which I must
> close manually.  I would like everything to appear in the same
> window of firefox.

Try browser='firefox --new-tab' or browser='kfmclient newTab' to use 
konqueror (which I prefer for this use)

> Jon

Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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