[R] poscrscript() call returns an error on alphaev56-dec-osf4.0

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Sep 2 09:06:41 CEST 2000

On Sat, 2 Sep 2000, Marcus Eger wrote:

> I have some slight problems getting R to run smoothly on our alpha...
> What might be the reason for the following error message?
> > postscript()
> Error in PS(file, old$paper, old$family, old$bg, old$fg, old$width,
> old$height,  : 
>         unable to start device PostScript

Usually, that the afm files are not installed (properly).  That error
message comes from PS_Open, and the other possible cause is that the
file argument cannot be opened for writing.

I've added some extra warning messages in these cases to distinguish them.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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