Viewing PDF vignettes in preview release


#1

I am using a preview release of RStudio (1.2.907) on Debian 9. When I use the help pane to navigate to some PDF vignette and click on it, the PDF file is not opened in the PDF viewer. Instead, I am offered a download dialogue.

Files are opened in the PDF viewer when I use vignette(...) or click on a PDF file in the file pane. However, in both cases the PDF viewer is opened in the background, which is slightly inconvenient.

Are there any settings to change this behavior?


#2

Can you give us an example of a help topic containing a vignette / PDF link that we could try opening and testing to verify the issue locally?


#3

One example would be the vignettes for the Rcpp package. Required steps:

  • in 'Help' pane seach for 'Rcpp'
  • go to 'Index'
  • go to 'User guides, package vignettes and other documentation.'
  • click on any of the vignettes (either title or 'PDF')

#4

Got it! Thanks for taking the time to make a reproducible example. This change is behavior is unintended; we'll make sure to get this fixed up in time for the v1.2 release -- we've now filed this at https://github.com/rstudio/rstudio/issues/3443.

Thank you for taking the time to test!