Re: [R] R on an ASUS eee PC, continued - installing packages

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 15:50:33 +0100 (BST)

On Mon, 16 Jun 2008, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

>> On Mon, 16 Jun 2008, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
>>> Millo Giovanni wrote:
>>>> The only thing I wish I were able to do now is to have the graphics
>>>> windows defaults changed to a size fitting the small 9'' screen, as now
>>>> I have to reduce it and move it to the right by hand every time to
>>>> reproduce the results of 'windows>tile" in Windows. If anybody can
>>>> help...
>>> That'll be something like X11.options(width=4,height=4,pointsize=8) in
>>> your ~/.Rprofile
>> You need grDevices::X11.options, and it is better to use a load hook like
>> setHook(packageEvent("grDevices", "onLoad"),
>>         function(...)
>> grDevices::X11.options(width=4,height=4,pointsize=8)
>> )

> Thanks, Brian.

> Obviously, I haven't used this for a while and overlooked the example in
> the Examples section of ?Startup.

> I do wonder if there are ways to make this less easily overlooked,
> though. Pointers in any or all of ?x11, ?X11.options, and ?Devices could
> help, but maybe we need it in an introductory document like R-intro,
> along with the discussion of Rprofile files in "Customizing the
> environment".

I've added examples in ?X11.options, ?quartz.options and ?windows.options for now. (?X11 and ?X11.options are the same help page.)

R-intro is slightly odd in that it and not R-admin has startup info, and it is scattered across 3 sections -- but at least one of those references ?Startup.

>> There is another way to set the geometry, to set X11 resources as
>> described in ?X11.  I have in my ~/.Xresources
>> R_x11*geometry: 700x700-0+0
>> (for a 22" 90dpi screen, not a 9" one)

> That doesn't help with the pointsize, does it? (Quite crucial on low-res
> screens, even at 1024x768, 12.3" I find that the default pointsize=12 is
> a bit much.)

No -- I was really pointing it out for completeness and 'the geometry' was inserted to try to make this clear.

One thing that is a bit odd is that we have ways (two each) to set the initial position of the default device on X11 and Windows, but AFAICS none on Mac OS X.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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