Re: [R] .ps and .pdf page size differences in FC vs. Debian

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 03 Mar 2005 - 05:55:18 EST

This *is* in the R-admin manual that the INSTALL file asks you to read, and also in configure --help. There is even an loud hint for `North American readers'. If you have not read that, you need to.

At this stage, go to R_HOME/etc/Renviron and change the default for R_PAPERSIZE to one of the values stated in the manual.

On Wed, 2 Mar 2005, Clint Harshaw wrote:

> R version: 2.0.0
> OS: Fedora Core 1
> When I'm using Fedora Core 1, (and subsequent Rplots.pdf created
> after using ps2pdf which are created from the command line
> execution of R are too large to fit on a US Letter sized page when printed.
> The same code will produce a US letter sized page when I'm on my Debian Sid
> box. Both boxes are connected to the same shared printer, and both are
> configured in CUPS to use US Letter paper size. When I posted a question to
> the FC folks, the consensus was there was a configuration that needed to be
> done in R to set the proper page for graphics exported.
> I've google'd for a solution and came up with a check for a locale variable
> in /etc/sysconfig/i18n to be set to the same as for the lang variable. I
> tried that, and the results were still incorrectly sized.
> Three sample graphs of the problem can be seen at this url:
> Notice how the graph extends beyond the paper on the right side of each page.
> The command I am running from the terminal is:
> R <baseballsalary.R >output --vanilla -q
> I then read about postscript() in the documentation, so I found this sequence
> to be successful:
>> postscript("", paper='letter')
> [ all my same R code here...]
>> q()
> and then run ps2pdf to create the plots as I intended on US
> letter:
> Notice that the graphs do not extend beyond the edge of US letter paper on
> these plots.
> How do I set (in Fedora Core 1) the paper size for R to US letter, so I can
> run my commands R <baseballsalary.R >output --vanilla -q from the terminal?

Brian D. Ripley,        
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