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Feature Request - New Empty Session #3612

baderstine opened this issue Oct 5, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Oct 5, 2018

Use Case:
Working on a particular Project in a Session. Want to open a brand new instance of RStudio while leaving my current Session open, and not having to navigate to a different Project file. I cannot find a way to do this on Mac OS X!

I would imagine this happening one of three ways:

  1. File -> New Project in New Session...
  2. Session -> New Empty Session...
    TBH: I was surprised and a little confused that "Session -> New Session" really acts more like "Session -> Duplicate Session"
  3. Other menu shortcut that just runs: "open -n /Applications/" (thanks: SO)

What I've tried, and why it doesn't work:

  1. File -> New Project... : this takes over the current session.
  2. File -> Open Project in New Session... : this requires a second Project to already exist.
  3. Session -> New Session... : this duplicates everything in the current session and there is a bug #3521

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commented Oct 8, 2018

One solution using the rstudioapi package is to run:

rstudioapi::openProject(newSession = TRUE)

Does this indeed accomplish what you need?


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commented Oct 8, 2018

No sorry. This is equivalent to Session -> New Session, 3. above. It opens a new session of the same project in a new window.

However, this actually does what I want:

rstudioapi::terminalExecute("open -n /Applications/", show=F)

@ronblum ronblum added the enhancement label Oct 12, 2018

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