Re: [R] text plots?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat 13 May 2006 - 01:45:24 EST

On Fri, 12 May 2006, Robert Citek wrote:

> Is there a way to do text plots in R?

Not that I know of. I last used such plots ca 1985, long before R was conceived of and when student terminal rooms had 80*24 VDUs.

> I'd like to do some simple XY plots in R with the output in text
> (ascii). For example, with gnuplot I can do the following:
> echo 'set terminal dumb ; plot sin(x)' | gnuplot
> To generate a simple sin wave. Since I connect to a remote Linux
> machine using SSH, being able to generate a rough idea of what a plot
> will look like in text would be of benefit.

I routinely use a Linux box remotely, but either view on an X connection (e.g. from my home to my office, and I have even done internationally), or write PDF and remote access the file. I even see people using Windows Terminal Services remotely over quite slow lines.

> I've looked at ?plot, ?par, and ?plot.default but didn't see anything
> obvious.

You need to look at devices (e.g. ?Devices), not how to plot on a device.

BTW, devices do not need to be part of R so anyone could write such a device and contribute it (in a package).

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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