[Rd] Search engine fails entirely (PR#4966)

MSchwartz at medanalytics.com MSchwartz at medanalytics.com
Thu Nov 6 14:28:22 MET 2003

I thank Prof. Ripley for his kind reference. 

Below is the URL for a post last month that provides some guidance. The
bottom line, as Prof. Ripley pointed out, is that both Java AND
JavaScript must be enabled in the browser Preference settings. 

In addition, it is critical that a proper symlink be created in the
Mozilla 'plugins' folder to the proper Java binary. You need 'root'
privileges to do this. If this symlink is not created, Mozilla does not
know where Java is and cannot execute the R search applet.

The post below contains links to the Mozilla 1.5 release notes regarding
Java installation, as well as links to the requisite Sun Java pages
(FAQs, etc.)


If you get this properly configured, when you get to the Search page,
you should see a message in the lower left hand Mozilla status line
indicating that the search applet has started.


Marc Schwartz

On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 01:18, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> This is a bug in your Mozilla setup (version not given) rather than in R.
> It is tested regularly.
> You need Java and JavaScript enabled and properly configured (and that
> does not happen by default).  Please search the R-help archives for
> information on this (there was a detailed posting from Marc Schwartz: 
> AFAIR there is a link missing in the Java installation).
> On Thu, 6 Nov 2003 robert.king at newcastle.edu.au wrote:
> > Full_Name: Robert King
> > Version: 1.8.0
> > OS: linux (debian)
> > Submission from: (NULL) (
> > 
> > 
> > Also seen in 1.7
> > 
> > Start R, Start html help (mozilla), go to search engine, try searching for mean
> > No results given.
> > 
> > Mozilla javascript console says:
> > 
> > Error: document.SearchEngine.search is not a function
> > Source File: file:///tmp/Rtmp22901/.R/doc/html/search/SearchEngine.html
> > Line: 32
> > 
> > line 32 is ....
> > line = line + document.SearchEngine.search (searchTerm,

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