[Rd] Please don't assume a display for package installation

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Nov 30 10:09:23 CET 2004

SciViews is the latest of several packages that need an X server to 
complete package installation.

Please bear in mind that packages may get installed on a server with no 
display, yet run on client workstations with displays.  If your package is 
intended to start a window when it starts up, please test for a display 
first (e.g. via capabilities("X11")).

There are ways around this (running Xvfb, arranging a remote display) but 
they are tedious at best (and few machines come with Xvfb installed).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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