Re: [Rd] raster support in graphics devices

From: Laurent Gautier <>
Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:18:50 +0100

I can confirm. Last time I checked (that is recently), there was no way to do it at the C level (beside possibly extreme hacks trying to work around what R does not want to expose, or go for patched source trees and builds).

What is the status of this patch (accepted ? rejected ? else ?) This subject keeps appearing on the list, with the existence of a patch once contributed (3 years ago) acknowledged:


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> On Dec 5, 2009, at 4:11 PM, Romain Francois wrote:
>>> I agree too, I was just trying to put on the balance the amount
>>> of work that would require graphics supporting connections.
>>> Who's willing to do it ?
> The issue is not the will nor complexity on the GD side, but
> connections are not exposed outside of R (or at the C level), so
> there is currently no way to do it (AFAIR). Jeff Horner has proposed
> a patch long ago and Cairo works with connections if you patch R, but
> connections are to date still not part of the API. So I suspect the
> real issue is to create a connection API so packages (and devices)
> can use it.
> Cheers, Simon
> mailing list Received on Sun 06 Dec 2009 - 11:25:43 GMT

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