Re: [R] help.start() on linux (fedora 8) when firefox alreading running - a way to open a new tab?

From: Marc Schwartz <>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 14:09:50 -0600

Patrick Connolly wrote:
> On Sun, 02-Mar-2008 at 05:32PM -0500, Dale Steele wrote:
> |> Using linux fedora 8 (x86_64) I get the following when firefox is
> |> already running. Is there a way to adjust settings in either R or
> |> firefox to open a new tab when help.start() is invoked? Thanks.
> Using FC6, it works as it says, except that I don't have to switch to
> the firefox window: it does that in about 1 second (and in a new tab).
> That's if I use firefox as the browser: if I use konqueror, it DOES
> start a new instance contrary to the message.
> My guess is that it has to do with your window manager's settings.
> There are many permutations that could be different from mine. I
> don't think it's an R setting.
> |> --Dale
> |>
> |> > help.start()
> |> Making links in per-session dir ...
> |> If '/usr/bin/firefox' is already running, it is *not* restarted, and
> |> you must switch to its window.
> |> Otherwise, be patient ...

In the Firefox menus go to:

    Edit -> Preferences -> Tabs

On that page, under "New pages should be opened in:"

Select 'a new tab'

If you are getting a new instance of Firefox, you likely have 'a new window' selected rather than 'a new tab'.

The above works in FF version 2 and 3 beta on F8.

HTH, Marc Schwartz mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Mon 03 Mar 2008 - 20:12:33 GMT

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