[Rd] problem with help.start() in R (PR#1156)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 14:50:47 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 31 Oct 2001 Dinh-Tuan.Pham@imag.fr wrote:

>        Hi,
>        The function help.start() assume that the brower is netscape
> which is no longer the dominant brower in used. I am using now opera

On what operating system is this?  On Unix/Linux you should be using
options(browser="opera").  On Windows/Mac you can't set the browser

> and other use mozilla or Microsoft IE. I can always type

See the requirements for a browser in the details under ?help.start.
Neither of those (nor Netscape 6.1) worked when I tried them with -remote.

> help.start(browser="opera"), but it is not convenience: I would like
> to be able to set the default brwsernone for all. But the real bug is
> that even after launching help.start(browser="opera"), other help
> commands, help(help), say, still send the "help page" to netscape. Here
> is what I get
> > help.start(browser="opera")
> If opera  is already running,   it is *not* restarted,
>  and you must switch to its window.
> Otherwise, be patient..
> > help(help)
> help() for help  is shown in browser netscape ...
> Use      help( help , htmlhelp=FALSE)
> or       options(htmlhelp = FALSE)
> to revert.
> > sh: netscape: command not found
> Please correct this bug.

I don't think it is a bug in R but I have expanded the documentation.

Please do use the bug.report() function, as critical information is
missing from this report.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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