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

From: Dale Steele <Dale_Steele_at_brown.EDU>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 15:26:06 -0500

Thanks. I found the issue. I was starting R in a terminal with the command 'sudo R', help.start() was not able to communicate Firefox when already running. Works fine when R is started as user. --Dale

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 3:09 PM, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz_at_comcast.net> wrote:
> 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

>
>

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