[R-sig-Debian] separate window for help/newbie

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Tue Nov 13 00:21:23 CET 2007


On 12 November 2007 at 23:50, Katharina Manderscheid wrote:
| is there a way to make r open the help file in a separate window?

How did you start R?  In a terminal window like xterm, konsole, ... ?

| i'm quite new to linux(kubuntu) and used to work with r under windows...

A few things come to mind:

i)   Cheap:  Just open another xterm, konsole, ... and run R there to
     invoke help()

ii)  Still cheap:  call    help.start()   to launch a browser, and look
     at the help via the browser

iii) Fancier: Try using Emacs and ESS, help will then be in another buffer

iv)  Alternatively:  Use another program as the pager via the PAGER 
     environment variable, or via options()

v)   Harder: Use JGR, but that is not trivial to set up, though it is 
     possible on Debian and Ubuntu.

Cheers, Dirk

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