Re: [Rd] possible help.start() bug

From: M. Edward Borasky <>
Date: Wed 06 Oct 2004 - 12:22:46 EST

On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 16:27, Michele Alzetta wrote:
> I have compiled R 2.0.0 for my gentoo desktop and have found this problem:
> help.start() will work correcly if mozilla is already started, will
> fail if mozilla is not.
> Error message:
> > help.start()
> Making links in per-session dir ...
> If /usr/bin/mozilla is already running, it is *not* restarted, and you
> must switch to its window.
> Otherwise, be patient ...
> > No running windows found
> Error: No running window found.
> Is this reproducible on other systems ?

I have Gentoo on an x86 and it does the same thing. Moreover, it's been that way for 1.9.1 as well. It may be some permissions issue; when you install the Gentoo R ebuild, you do so as "root", and for that matter, you install packages to the library as "root" too.

I haven't tried this on any other versions of Linux recently. My dim memory from Dirk Eddelbuettel's Debian-based Quantian is that it works fine there. Dirk, any comments?

I'll take a look at the 1.9.1 install on my Gentoo systems and see if I can figure out what's happening. I use Firefox rather than Mozilla as my browser, and


exhibits the same behavior ... if it's running, it works, if it isn't, it doesn't start. mailing list Received on Wed Oct 06 12:28:14 2004

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