[R] help.start() problem with netscape 6.2.2 (was: R 1.5.0 RPM's for Mandrake)

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Thu May 2 17:43:48 CEST 2002

I've installed Netscape 6.2.2 on Mdk82, but have not had much luck with
help.start() (R-1.5.0 compiled from source).

When I do help.start(), it just starts up netscape with the default home
page, rather than the R help page.  Doing ?<anything> at the R prompt starts
up yet another netscape instance, but still no R help.

Anyone knows why, or even better, how to solve this?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mikalzet at libero.it [mailto:mikalzet at libero.it]
> Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 10:38 AM
> To: r-announce at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: R 1.5.0 RPM's for Mandrake
> RPM's and SRPM's for Mandrake versions 8.1 and 8.2 have been 
> uploaded and
> will be mirrored on CRAN shortly.
> Please note that the binary -1mdk rpm's are for mandrake 8.1 while the
> -2mdk rpm's are for 8.2, install the correct version for your system.
> People with mandrake 8.0 or earlier can easily build (and hopefully
> contribute) binaries; consult the readme file for instructions.
> Please note: Mandrake 8.2 comes without netscape; the help.start()
> function must therefore be started as:
> help.start(browser = 'mozilla')
> N.B. :
> Unfortunately I have not yet figured out how to get the 
> search applet on
> the help page working - mozilla just refuses to initialize 
> the applet even
> though the java subsystem I have apparently works with 
> applets on other
> sites (e.g. www.avsi.org). This happens both with the version 
> shipped with
> 8.1 and with the version shipped with 8.2 (I've tried sun java and IBM
> java).  An error messages flashes on the bottom bar for an instant,
> something about 'impossible to access'. If any Mandrake guru 
> figures out
> why, please post. Meanwhile, 8.2 users could consider 
> installing netscape.
> -- 
> Michele Alzetta
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