[Rd] help.start()'s error redirection fails to hide mozilla's "No running window found" message (PR#9452)

jorgnsn at lcd.uregina.ca jorgnsn at lcd.uregina.ca
Fri Jan 12 22:52:27 CET 2007

Full_Name: John Jorgensen
Version: 2.4.0
OS: Solaris 9
Submission from: (NULL) (

This is not a serious problem, but while trying to understand some difficulties
that R had finding our copy of mozilla, I noticed that the browseURL() function
defined in help.start.R includes the lines:

    system(paste(browser, remoteCmd, "2>&1 >/dev/null ||",
                 browser, quotedUrl, "&"))

I assume the intent is to hide the "No running window found" or equivalent
message that the remoteCmd might print before trying to start a new instance of
the browser.  On  the shells I've tried, though, you need to reverse the order
of the redirections to achieve this, i.e.:  ">dev/null 2>&1" instead of "2>&1

Apologies if I've misunderstood your intent, or if there are other shells where
you need the order you've used.

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