[R] PostScript elocution

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed May 16 14:46:20 CEST 2001

On Wed, 16 May 2001, Jim Lemon wrote:

> I noticed what may be a useful thing while wrestling with StarOffice the other day.
> While SO has saved me many a time by importing and exporting M$Word documents
> flawlessly, it usually barfs on PostScript plots from R, complaining that they are
> an "Unknown graphics format"!

Sure, correct. By default they are in a printing format.

> On  long shot, I manually edited the header line by adding " EPSF 2.0" and blow me
> down, it worked!  I tried to trace the PostScript header file, but couldn't find
> one, and as it's an internal function, didn't manage to come up with a fix.  Is it
> worthwhile providing a fix for the (hopefully) C code?  I'd be happy to have a go,
> as it is incredibly useful as far as I'm concerned.

If you ask for EPSF, you get an EPSF header. If you don't, you don't.
The helpful help page says

 onefile: logical: if true (the default) allow multiple figures in one
          file. If false, generate a file name containing the page
          number and give EPSF header and no `DocumentMedia' comment.


     The postscript produced by R is EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
     compatible, and can be included into other documents, e.g. into
     LaTeX, using `\includegraphics{<filename>}'.  For use in this way
     you will probably want to set `horizontal=FALSE, onefile=FALSE,

Now when I wanted this a couple of years ago it was not on the help
page, so there was a reasonable excuse (and anyway then it was not
genuine EPS) ....

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