Re: [R] quartz() on MAC OSX

From: hadley wickham <h.wickham_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 20:48:11 +0200

Hi Rolf,

Two possible solutions:

Hadley

On 5/21/07, Rolf Turner <r.turner_at_auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
>
>
> I am (desperately) trying to get used to using a Mac here at my new
> location. (Why *anyone* would ever use anything other than Linux, except
> under duress as I am, totally escapes me, but that's another story.)
>
> Fortunately much of the Mac OSX is actually Unix, so a civilized person can
> manage to carry on ... But there are some things. (Like this <expletive
> deleted> mailer ... But that's another story.)
>
> When I ``open'' R using the icon on the ``dock'' several things are
> unsatisfactory; like I can't clear the screen using system("clear"), nor can
> I use vi syntax in command line editing. When I start R from the command
> line (as a civilized person would do) these unsatisfactory circumstances go
> away, but then a new one rears its ugly head: I can't plot!!! If I try a
> plot without explicitly opening a plotting device, a postscript device with
> file name ``Rplots.ps'' is silently opened. If I try opening a device with
> quartz() to get an on-screen plot, I get a warning message
>
> quartz() device interactivity reduced without an event loop manager in:
> quartz()
>
> And a little coloured wheel spins round and round and the quartz() window
> that opens hides underneath the terminal window and appears to be frozen to
> the spot.
>
> Apparently ``it'' wants .Platform$GUI to be equal to "AQUA", but it is
> (under the circumstances) "X11".
>
> Trying to open a device using x11() simply results in an error.
>
> Is there any way to get a working on-screen graphics window under these
> circumstances?
>
> I am very much hand-cuffed by the officious ITS policies here as to what
> I can install on my Mac. (Effectively, nothing.)
>
> ``cheers'' (Hah!),
>
> Rolf Turner
> r.turner_at_auckland.ac.nz
>
>
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