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

Johannes Ranke jranke at uni-bremen.de
Tue Nov 13 02:34:09 CET 2007

Hi Katharina and Dirk,

just one KDE-specific addition which might be interesting on Kubuntu
under option ii):

* Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> [071113 01:00]:
> Katharina,
> 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

if you have the line

	options("browser"="kfmclient newTab")

in your .Rprofile, you will have a tabbed help browser at now extra
cost after calling help.start() :)



> 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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