Printing from X11 window (was: Re: [R] Working with R batch)

Stuart Luppescu s-luppescu at
Thu Apr 6 16:26:08 CEST 2000

On 06-Apr-2000 Prof Brian D Ripley wrote:
> If you want a hardcopy of the plot you can use any means you like, for
> example to print an x11() device's window via your window manager, or use
> dev2bitmap to grab the plot as a bitmap.  Basically for R _on Unix_ the
> common format for printable plot files is PostScript, but there is also a
> pictex device.  (A direct PDF device is at least a dream, and Windows has
> other devices based on its GDI and producing bitmap formats such as PNG and
> JPEG. No one has asked for a PCL (LaserJet) interface, which older programs
> such as S-PLUS support.  People have talked about fig and similar formats
> too.)

I would really like to know how to do this. One thing (maybe the only thing) I
miss about working with S-Plus is the ability label points interactively using
identify() in X11() and then produce a postscript plot of the result for
printing just by clicking on the ``PRINT'' button in the window. Prof. Ripley
mentions printing the contents of the window using your window manager, but my
window manager doesn't permit this. Dev2bitmap is not an option, as I need
postscript. I like pictex, but I don't see how to output the contents of an X11
window as pictex. Isn't there a way to do this?

(I'm running R 1.0.0 on RedHat Linux 6.2 (intel).)
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