Re: [R] R 2.70 + ps2pdf14

From: ivo welch <>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 10:09:10 -0400

thanks, berwin. yes, I meant ghostscript 8.62, of course. ps2pdf14 is the equivalent of a distiller and is needed to embed fonts. (R does not embed fonts itself afaik.) if someone knows another way to embed all the fonts, I would love to know so that I can avoid ps2pdf14 altogether (not just in this example, but generally; I use lucida fonts most of the time).

if developers from the R graphics group are reading this, given that this strange output is not just my imagination, maybe it would be worthwhile to see if the R output pdf could be made more robust to avoid this "feature." I stumbled onto it deep in a program, and spend an afternoon distilling it down to the R script that I posted. It was quite puzzling.

PS: semicolons are a hobby, and one explicitly allowed by R. ;-).



On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 4:18 AM, Berwin A Turlach <> wrote:
> G'day Ivo,
> On Sat, 17 May 2008 21:33:35 -0400
> "ivo welch" <> wrote:
>> dear R graphics experts---
> Not belonging to this group, but can confirm that I can see the same,
> in particular the circles are changing their size.
> However, I am a bit surprised that you run ps2pdf14 on a PDF file,
> according to the documentation the input should be a (E)PS file.
>> if anyone is running the combination of R 2.7.0 and ghostscript
>> (2.62),
> and I guess you mean ghostscript 8.62? Ghostscript 2.62 would be
> really ancient, probably from before the time that PDF was created... :)
>> could you please run the following
> I will also leave it to somebody else on the list, specifically to
> people who find such coding particularly ugly if not offensive, to point
> out that semicolons are not needed at the end of lines of R scripts. :)
> HTH.
> Cheers,
> Berwin
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