[R] R and ViM

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Tue Apr 18 19:26:34 CEST 2006

On 18-Apr-06 Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>  [...]
>>  > RSiteSearch('vim editor')
>>  A search query has been submitted to http://search.r-project.org
>>  The results page should open in your browser shortly
>> which it duly did. However -- and this is what's interesting --
>> I entered the command in R running on my machine B, at which
>> I'm sitting.
>> This machine B is independently displaying the Firefox browser
>> running on Machine C (via X Windows; Linux on both machines).
>> And that's the browser where the search results appeared.
>> So R running on B can hijack Firefox on C. How does it know?
> ?browseURL

Wow! Wonders never cease! (Still unsure about the underlying
mechanism, but then X can be a hall of mirrors to the uninitiated).

Thanks for the hint!

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Date: 18-Apr-06                                       Time: 18:26:30
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