[R] browseURL question

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Feb 28 09:00:54 CET 2004

The problem is the interpretation by the shell used on Unix: on Windows no
shell is used. It seems to me that the Unix version of browseURl should be
quoting `url' in

    remoteCmd <- if (isLocal)
        switch(basename(browser), "gnome-moz-remote" = , open = url,
            galeon = paste("-x", url), kfmclient = paste("openURL",
                url), netscape = , mozilla = , opera = , {
                paste("-remote \"openURL(", gsub("([,)])", "%\\1",
                  url), ")\"", sep = "")
    else url

either by escaping & by \ or surrounding it by single quotes.

I can't see a simple solution for you with the present R codebase.

On Fri, 27 Feb 2004 jtleek at u.washington.edu wrote:

> I have a quick question about the browseURL function. When I use the
> function in a UNIX environment, I have to use two sets of quotations if
> I have the & symbol in the URL. For Windows I only need to use the first
> set. For example, on Windows:
> browseURL("http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Bioconductor&ei=UTF-8&fr=fp-tab-web-t&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt")
> will call up the appropriate website. However, if I use the same command
> under UNIX, the website will be truncated after the first &, but the
> call will work if I use:
> browseURL("'http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Bioconductor&ei=UTF-8&fr=fp-tab-web-t&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt'")
> Where I have added single quotes around the URL.Is there any quick method for solving this problem? Thank you very much for your help.
> Jeff Leek
> Graduate Student
> University of Washington
> jtleek at u.washington.edu
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