ess bets mismanages help output?

A.J. Rossini rossini at
Thu Mar 18 15:08:26 CET 2004

Martin Maechler <maechler at> writes:

>>>>>> "RMH" == Richard M Heiberger <rmh at>
>>>>>>     on Thu, 18 Mar 2004 01:10:14 -0500 writes:
>     RMH> Paul Johnson <pauljohn at> writes:
>     >>> show the help output in the Emacs window (displacing my R code,
>     >>> incidentally!)
>     >> Tony writes:
>     >> Argh.  Should we add a flag for 5.2.0? 
>     RMH> Yes, we need the flag.  But even more, if we are
>     RMH> overwriting the mycode.r buffer we have a serious
>     RMH> problem that MUST be fixed before the release.
> Hey, guys, we have been having a flag for this ``forever'';
> but "we" is R, not ESS:
>   options(htmlhelp = TRUE)
> or did this stop working ?
> (for me, help.start() doesn't even work currently with a running
>  Mozilla, you see how much I use the 'only true' interface ..).

Martin, from Paul's description, here is what I thought happened:

If you do help.start(), then subsequent ?lm  calls appeared in the

I know that ESS grabs the ?lm and sends it to R, redirecting the

But you are suggesting that R will "grab the help and shove it into
the browser" if that option is set?  (I don't have a browser with Java
currently running on this laptop, can't test).


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