[R] help in a separate window under linux

Jonathan Baron baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Tue Sep 18 13:34:37 CEST 2001

>From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch Tue Sep 18 07:23:04 2001
>Is there a simple way of configuring R under linux to put its help messages
>into a separate, new console?

1. help.start() puts them in a browser.

2. You can make a bookmark or button on your browser for the R
documents in html on your disk, usually in /usr/lib/R/doc/html.

3. You can have R itself running twice in different windows, once
just for help.  This is probably the most straightforward answer.
(In Gnome, you can put it in a different virtual desktop, and
switch back and forth with alt-shift-arrow - which is exceedingly
easy on a Kinesis keyboard.  I do this because my monitor is only
17 inches, which is about right for one window.)

4. You can use ESS, which uses the bottom half of the screen for
help.  I usually find that I want the whole screen, though, so I
end up closing the help window.

Perhaps there are other answers.  Jon Baron
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