[R] unable to view vignette in R

From: Lionel Brooks <Lionel.Brooks_at_dartmouth.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 14:45:29 -0500

Hello All R-Gurus:

Cannot view R vignettes due in Ubuntu Linux (a debian variant). note: this issue has been posted to this list before with no responses given see

I am trying to view an R vignette.
Here is the situation: I issue the openvignette(), then select the vignette I wish to view...and the system returns:

"Could not get a file descriptor referring to the console."

This action should spawn a ps viewer displaying the contents of the vignette for my enjoyment.
I suspect it may have something to do with the call to the postscript viewer application.
Is there a simple way to change this behavior within R?

Any Thoughts?

Here is the copy paste of my session


> openVignette()

Please select a vignette:

  1. annotate - Annotation Overview
  2. annotate - Basic GO Usage
  3. annotate - HowTo: Get HTML Output
  4. annotate - HowTo: use chromosomal information
  5. annotate - HOWTO: Use the online query tools
  6. annotate - Using Affymetrix Probe Level Data
  7. annotate - Using Data Packages
  8. annotate - Using the homology package
  9. AnnotationDbi - AnnotationDbi
  10. AnnotationDbi - SQLForge
  11. Biobase - An introduction to Biobase and ExpressionSets
  12. Biobase - Bioconductor Overview
  13. Biobase - esApply Introduction
  14. Biobase - Notes for eSet developers
  15. Biobase - Notes for writing introductory 'how to' documents
  16. Biobase - quick views of eSet instances
  17. geneplotter - How to assemble a chromLocation object
  18. geneplotter - Visualization of Microarray Data
  19. xtable - xtable Gallery

Selection: 17)
> Couldnt get a file descriptor referring to the console
Could not get a file descriptor referring to the console

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