[R] help and Firefox

Erich Neuwirth erich.neuwirth at univie.ac.at
Wed Aug 15 17:52:34 CEST 2007

I found a solution to my problem.
It is describe here.

Essentially, it involves switching off DDE for some file associations
in Windows Explorer.

It really is a Firefox bug.

Erich Neuwirth wrote:
> My configuration is  Windows XP, R-2.5.1patched.
> My standard browser in Windows is Firefox 2.0.6,
> and I am using htmlhelp.
> I have problems with starting the browser for displaying help.
> help("lm") works as it should when Firefox is already running.
> When I do help("lm") and the browser is not yet started,
> I get
> Error in shell.exec(url) :
> 'C:\PROGRA~2\R\R-25~1.1\library\stats\html\lm.html' not found
> but nevertheless the browser starts and the html file is displayed
> some seconds later.
> If I try to use help from within a function and the browser is not open,
> the browser will not start and therefore help will not be displayed.
> Has anybody else experienced the same problem?
> Is there a solution?

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