[R] special characters in linux using dev.print

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Oct 8 08:35:52 CEST 2007

How exactly are you doing this (see the footer of your message for the 
input we asked for)?  What is your 'minimal, self-contained, reproducible 
code', and where is the output of sessionInfo()?

The plusminus symbol is in the symbol font, and it is also in some text 
encodings, so there are several routes you could have taken. For example,


works for me in a UTF-8 locale.  (It works in any locale that has the 
symbol in its encoding.)

On Mon, 8 Oct 2007, Alexander.Herr at csiro.au wrote:

> Hi List,
> I want to print ± in a lattice graph label. This works in windows, but 
> the linux version has problems - it cannot translate the character. 
> Error is "invalid input in mbcsToLatin1".
> I use the standard encoding and also dev.print(file="filename",dev=pdf, 
> encoding="PDFDoc.enc")
> I am afraid I don't know enough about the linux font encodings to figure 
> out what to use. So I am hoping others using ± have already come across 
> the trap.
> Any help appreciated.
> Thanks
> Herry
> Using x86_64 opensuse 10.2, R2.5.0 (2007-04-23)
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