Re: R-beta: Fig driver for "R"?

Martin Maechler (
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 11:45:52 +0100

Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 11:45:52 +0100
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From: Martin Maechler <>
To: Wojtek Zabolotny <>
Subject: Re: R-beta: Fig driver for "R"?

Dear Wojtek,

1) There should be a [x]fig(.) driver in one of the next releases of R.
   The internal device driver code is currently being upgraded quite a bit
   and it's not worth to spend time on porting devices to R version 0.61.1.

>>>>> "Wojtek" == Wojtek Zabolotny <> writes:

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    Wojtek>     Hello all R users and developers!

    Wojtek> In the "Notes on R" I have found the following information:
Well, these are not so accurate really; these are just a relatively quick
port of the original "Notes on S" to help people getting started.

We (the R-core team) are really looking for volunteers who are willing to
write (in LaTeX if possible) a chapter or so, for tutorials on using R in
different topics.

I'm now citing Fritz Leisch, who said on R-devel,  last week

>> Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 10:17:29 +0100
>> From: Friedrich Leisch <>
>> To:
>> Subject: Summary of mails concerning R help system

>> .....

    Fritz> 5) That's actually a wish/suggestion from me: Maybe somebody
    Fritz> wants to help the R project but doesn't know too much about
    Fritz> writing code etc. ... we need a lot more of and better
    Fritz> documentation, e.g., short tutorials on various topics to get
    Fritz> people started. These should explain the basic concept of
    Fritz> something and accompany it with some examples that can be copied
    Fritz> & pasted ...

    Fritz> The current demos or the appendix of the R notes could get you
    Fritz> started.  Topics could include those as the the non-existing
    Fritz> links under ``Data Analysis with R'' (Basic Statistics,
    Fritz> Exploratory Data Analysis, Linear Models, ...)

    Fritz> So if you think you could write two or three pages on how to use
    Fritz> R for any topic you could simply write it in LaTeX ideally in
    Fritz> such a way that it can be translated to HTML using hyperlatex


    Wojtek> (page 60, 13-th footnote) "... a better solution is to use the
    Wojtek> fig() driver (available from statlib) and use a conversion
    Wojtek> program, such as fig2dev, to convert the resultant fig code to
    Wojtek> Encapsulated Podtscript."  I was very glad to read it, because
    Wojtek> I'm often forced to use specifically Polish characters (like
    Wojtek> L-stroke, a-ogonek etc.) in my drawings' legend, and passing
    Wojtek> the texts through fig2dev gives a possibility to use LaTeX (in
    Wojtek> fact "babel") syntax for defining international characters.

    Wojtek> I downloaded the fig driver from statlib
    Wojtek> (, and try to compile it, however
    Wojtek> without success. The gcc complains about "device.h" file, which
    Wojtek> is not available (even in R sources).  Where can I find this
    Wojtek> file?

as said above, it's not worth to start porting to 0.61.1 now..

    Wojtek>                  Thanks in advance Wojciech Zabolotny
    Wojtek> BTW. The "fig" driver is very old ()

    Wojtek> <HTML> <TT>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hello all R users and
    Wojtek> developers!</TT><TT></TT>

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