[R] help in a separate window under linux
andy_liaw at merck.com
Tue Sep 18 15:04:14 CEST 2001
I suspect that installing xless and use that as the pager might be easier...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Dalgaard BSA [mailto:p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 8:34 AM
> To: baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch; stuart.leask at nottingham.ac.uk
> Subject: Re: [R] help in a separate window under linux
> baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu (Jonathan Baron) writes:
> > >From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch Tue Sep 18 07:23:04 2001
> > >Is there a simple way of configuring R under linux to put
> its help messages
> > >into a separate, new console?
> > 1. help.start() puts them in a browser.
> > 2. You can make a bookmark or button on your browser for the R
> > documents in html on your disk, usually in /usr/lib/R/doc/html.
> > 3. You can have R itself running twice in different windows, once
> > just for help. This is probably the most straightforward answer.
> > (In Gnome, you can put it in a different virtual desktop, and
> > switch back and forth with alt-shift-arrow - which is exceedingly
> > easy on a Kinesis keyboard. I do this because my monitor is only
> > 17 inches, which is about right for one window.)
> > 4. You can use ESS, which uses the bottom half of the screen for
> > help. I usually find that I want the whole screen, though, so I
> > end up closing the help window.
> > Perhaps there are other answers. Jon Baron
> 5. library(tcltk); options(pager=tkpager)
> 6. options(pager="./mypager") with mypager
> cat > /tmp/foo
> xterm -e less /tmp/foo &
> (getting a unique tempfile name and removing it when you're through
> reading is - um - an exercise for the reader)
> 7. options(pager=function(file, header, title, delete.file)
> system(paste("xterm", "-e less", file, "&")))
> (getting the title right is going to be tricky: it is generally
> something like "R Help on `ls'" and the quotes will confuse
> the shell)
> The latter two obviously only work when less is installed...
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