[Rd] [Wishlist] to uniform help(x) and library(help=x) behaviours relating "htmlhelp" option (PR#9613)

lbraglia at gmail.com lbraglia at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 00:43:32 CEST 2007

Full_Name: Luca Braglia
Version: R version 2.4.1 (2006-12-18)
OS: Debian Lenny (testing)
Submission from: (NULL) (

Some options of mine:

> options("htmlhelp")
[1] TRUE

> options("browser")
[1] "/usr/bin/urxvt -rv -e elinks"

I run R under X windows system: if I command


foo manual page is printed, correctly, under elinks (my textual browser); but if
I command 


asd package summary page is printed in R console.
I would like library(help=asd) to be printed in my browser too, if possible:
strictly speaking

--> add htmlhelp = getOption("htmlhelp") in library arguments

to be used only if "help" option  is specified.

Thanks a lot,


 platform = i486-pc-linux-gnu
 arch = i486
 os = linux-gnu
 system = i486, linux-gnu
 status =
 major = 2
 minor = 4.1
 year = 2006
 month = 12
 day = 18
 svn rev = 40228
 language = R
 version.string = R version 2.4.1 (2006-12-18)


attached base packages:
[1] "utils"     "stats"     "graphics"  "grDevices" "methods"  
[6] "base"     

other attached packages:

Search Path:
 .GlobalEnv, package:MASS, package:utils, package:stats, package:graphics,
age:grDevices, package:methods, Autoloads, package:base

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