Re: [R] Font settings in xfig

From: Kevin E. Thorpe <>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 09:09:03 -0400

Scionforbai wrote:

>> Is there a reason you are going through this route to get figures
>> into LaTeX instead of using postscript (or PDF for pdflatex)?

> To have LaTeX-formatted text printed onto your pdf figures, to include
> in LaTeX documents.
> R cannot output 'special' text in xfig. You need to post-process the
> .fig file, according to the fig format
> (, replacing, on lines
> starting with '4', the correct values for font and font_flags. Using
> awk (assuming you work on Linux) this is straightforward :
> awk '$1==4{$6=0;$9=2}{print}' R_FILE.fig > OUT.fig
> Then, in order to obtain a pdf figure with LaTeX-formatted text, you
> need a simple driver.tex:
> driver.tex :
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage{epsfig}
> \usepackage{color} %(note: you might not might not need to do this)
> \begin{document}
> \pagestyle{empty}
> \input{FILE.pstex_t}
> \end{document}
> Now you can go through the compilation:
> fig2dev -L pstex OUT.fig > OUT.pstex
> fig2dev -L pstex_t -p OUT.pstex OUT.fig > OUT.pstex_t
> sed s/FILE/"OUT"/ driver.tex > ./OUT.tex
> latex OUT.tex
> dvips -E OUT.dvi -o OUT.eps
> epstopdf OUT.eps
> Of course you need R to write the correct Latex math strings (like $\sigma^2$).
> Hope this helps,
> scionforbai

I asked because I have found the plotmath capabilities in R to be sufficient for LaTeXish text on plots. Then there are no intermediate steps. It didn't seem that from the OP that anything incredibly complex was being attempted.

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
email:  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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