Re: [Rd] Saving Graphics File as .ps or .pdf (PR#10403)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:05:38 +0000 (GMT)

On Wed, 7 Nov 2007, Simone Giannerini wrote:

> [snip]
>> Maybe, but given the way things have been working lately, it might be
>> better to emphasize
>>
>> (a) check the mailinglists
>> (b) try R-patched
>> (c) if in doubt, ask, rather than report as bug
>>
>> (Ideally, people would try the prerelease versions and problems like
>> this would be caught before the actual release, but it seems that they
>> prefer treating x.y.0 as a beta release...)
>>
>
> I am sorry but I do not agree with point (b) for the very simple fact
> that the average Windows user do not know how to compile the source
> code and might not even want to learn how to do it. The point is that
> since (if I am correct) the great majority of R users go Windows you
> would miss an important part of potential bug reports by requiring
> point (b) whereas (a) and (c) would suffice IMHO.
> Maybe if there were Win binaries of the prerelease version available
> some time before the release you would get much more feedback but I am
> just guessing.

Windows binaries of R-patched are available all the time via http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/

They are not always current, but only occasionally are they more than a day or two old.

Same for R-devel.

The biggest plus point about recommending trying R-patched is that is often the solution to the problem (as here, although there is also a workaround).

>
> Regards
>
> Simone
>
>
>
>>
>>>
>>> On 11/6/07, Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Tue, 6 Nov 2007, Simone Giannerini wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I looked at the list of bug fixes before writing and I found that the
>>>>> only thing close to it is this
>>>>>
>>>>> o postscript() was not always ignoring .Postscript.Options in
>>>>> the workspace (where it should not have occurred).
>>>>>
>>>>> but I must admit I did not understand whether it had anything to do
>>>>> with this bug report.
>>>>>
>>>> It occurs on Windows only, and the src/gnuwin32/CHANGES file says
>>>>
>>>> BUG FIXES
>>>>
>>>> o Saving a plot to Postscript or PDF required the font database
>>>> to have been initialized: this is now done if necessary.
>>>>
>>>> See also
>>>>
>>>> https://mailman.stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2007-October/142414.html
>>>>
>>>> (over a month ago).
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>
>>>>> Simone
>>>>>
>>>>> On 11/6/07, Uwe Ligges <ligges_at_statistik.uni-dortmund.de> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> This has been reported several times before and has been fixed in
>>>>>> R-patched some weeks ago.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Uwe Ligges
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Jane_Harvill_at_Baylor.Edu wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Full_Name: Jane L. Harvill
>>>>>>> Version: 2.6.0
>>>>>>> OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002, Service Pack 2
>>>>>>> Submission from: (NULL) (129.62.21.93)
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> PROBLEM: The ability to save the contents of an R Graphics window as a
>>>>>>> postscript or PDf file through the drop-down menu (File -> Save As ->
>>>>>>> Postscript, or File -> Save As -> PDF) results in the error message below being
>>>>>>> printed to the R Console.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> ERROR MESSAGE:
>>>>>>> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>>>>>>> Error: Invalid font type
>>>>>>> In addition: Warning messages:
>>>>>>> 1: font family not found in PostScript font database
>>>>>>> 2: font family not found in PostScript font database
>>>>>>> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> TO RECREATE THE PROBLEM:
>>>>>>> 1. Using the R Console, create some graph in R; for example, plot(rnorm(100)).
>>>>>>> 2. Select File -> Save As -> PostScript (or File -> Save As -> PDF).
>>>>>>> 3. Supply a file name and click the "Save" button.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> FOUR OTHER RELEVANT NOTES:
>>>>>>> 1. I checked to see if the same error results when invoking the functions
>>>>>>> pdf(file=...) or postscript(file=...). No error results, and the content of
>>>>>>> the output (.ps or .pdf) file produces a duplicate of what appears in the R
>>>>>>> Graphics window.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 2. I checked, but did not see any other bug reports in the system that are
>>>>>>> relevant to this problem.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 3. Before I submitted this R Bug Report, I reinstalled the PostScript fonts,
>>>>>>> and then reinstalled R Version 2.6.0. This did not change the outcome.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 4. This problem did not exist in previous versions of R on any of my computers.
>>>>>>> It exists on all computers for version 2.6.0 of R.
>>>>>>>
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