[R] OS X specific question: help.start() won't launch
Brunsdon C (Comp)
cbrunsdo at glam.ac.uk
Thu Aug 19 11:56:06 CEST 2004
I've got the same problem with help.start(). It seems to be a problem with
command when executed through R's 'system' function -
ie system('open something.html')
gives an error message, whilst opening a new xterm (or console)
works fine (here 'something.html' is the same in both cases.)
My current work-around is to enter
- this function is called by help.start -
and then to 'catch' the name of the url that is meant to be opened
by stepping through the function until the final 'system' command and
the variable 'quotedURL'. I then open a new xterm and enter the open
with the value of quotedURL. Once this is done, I make sure I don't
close the help window for the rest of my R session!
I'm sure there must be a better way than this - perhaps somebody out there
Some other bits of info may be useful -
1) This only started happening when I upgraded to OS X 10.3.5
2) The error message I get when I try to execute 'open' from the system
is as follows
dyld: /usr/bin/open version mismatch for library.
(compatibility version of user: 9.0.0 greater than library's version
3) I'm using R 1.9.1
> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of David
> L. Van Brunt, Ph.D.
> Sent: 19 August 2004 03:35
> To: R-help
> Subject: [R] OS X specific question: help.start() won't launch
> It's been a while since I used R, and have certainly applied a few
> system patches. Since I installed the latest R.bin, when I type
> "help.start()" nothing happens anymore. It used to launch a browser
> with the R help system.
> Anyone know of any issues here, or ways to re-enable this?
> Didn't see anything searching the FAQ, just stuff on the java-based
> search. I don't need that, just need to open the help!
> Dave VB
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