[Rd] trellis.device in .First (PR#6812)

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Apr 23 10:23:42 CEST 2004

>>>>> "BDR" == Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk>
>>>>>     on Fri, 23 Apr 2004 08:21:34 +0100 (BST) writes:


    BDR> It is a matter for discussion (with the lattice
    BDR> maintainer) whether trellis.device should help you out
    BDR> here by importing the devices from package graphics.  I
    BDR> think adding (conditionalized on the platform)

    BDR> importFrom(graphics, windows, postscript, pdf, pictex,
    BDR>            win.metafile, win.print, png, jpeg, bmp, xfig, bitmap)

    BDR> to its NAMESPACE might be worth considering.

    BDR> Alternatively, device.call <- get(device) could be put
    BDR> in a try call, followed by a try on
    BDR> getFromNamespace("graphics", device).

That's a very good idea, I'd support quite a bit.

I think I would go with the alternative approach
(where you probably meant to say  device <- getOption("device") first?),
since the importFrom(..) approach leeds to a somewhat tedious maintenance
effort to keep up the list of available devices for the different platforms
(For MacOS X one has to include quartz() only in the situations
 where it's available) where as Deepayan (the lattice
maintainer) could rely on getOption("device") to be ok
{and as you proposed would be on guard using try() or its newer siblings}.


    BDR> BDR

    BDR> On Fri, 23 Apr 2004, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

    >> 1) On the first point, please do read the NEWS file for R
    >> 1.9.0.
    >> .Rprofile and .First have always been run before the
    >> default packages are loaded in .First.sys, to allow them
    >> to be changed.
    >> So this *is* a documented change in behaviour, not a bug.
    >> If I do
    >> .First <- function() {library(lattice); trellis.device()}
    >> This happens on all platforms.  You need
    >> .First <- function() {library(graphics);
    >> library(lattice); trellis.device()}
    >> That is true of starting any graphics device in .Rprofile
    >> or .First.

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