Re: [R] Little graph questions!

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From: Prof Brian D Ripley (
Date: Mon 18 Feb 2002 - 04:59:13 EST

Message-id: <Pine.GSO.4.44.0202171743510.29512-100000@auk.stats>

On 17 Feb 2002, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> Peter Dalgaard BSA <> writes:
> > > Works well for me (R-1.4.1, WinNT4; your version / OS?).
> > > You didn't specify a background color with par(bg=...) before?
> >
> > I see it on Linux, although my R versions are slightly old on this
> > particular machine. I'll rebuild the development version and see if it
> > disappeared, but I don't think we touched this since 1.4.0?
> Still there. Minimal reproducing example is
> plot(1)
> dev.copy(png)
> and then look at the Rplot.png with ee or whatever. Doesn't change
> anything to use bg="whatever" on the dev.copy call, so the problem
> would seem to lie in the extraction of the parameter from the X11
> device.

I get:
auk% identify -verbose Rplot.png
Image: Rplot.png
  type: grayscale
  class: PseudoClass
  colors: 2
    0: ( 0, 0, 0) #000000 black
    1: (254,254,254) #fefefe ~white
  signature: 821dc961fc62f41debc97b113046b69c
  matte: False
  runlength packets: 2590 of 230400
  geometry: 480x480
  depth: 8
  filesize: 1701b
  interlace: None
  format: PNG
  compression: Zip

The issue is the X11 device has by default a transparent background (coded
by #fefefe internally), so copying it by dev.copy is *not* a good idea.

par(bg = "white")

will do what you intended. I don't see why you are getting a light green,

I don't know why this is not producing transparent png's: it did once do so
but there were extensive driver changes just before the release of 1.4.0.
I probably need to fix those ....

Brian D. Ripley,        
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