[R] Plots not loading

Philipp Pagel p.pagel at wzw.tum.de
Fri Mar 13 12:16:04 CET 2009

On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 01:25:40PM -0700, Atul Joshi wrote:
> When I run my .r script using source (myfilename) from console the plots appear.
> However, when I execute the same file via terminal command line using R CMD BATCH myfilename, the plots do not appear.
> I am working with Mac.
> Am I doing something wrong?

In BATCH mode it does not make much sense to display plots on the
screen because the script may be running on a system without screen
(cluster). So R uses a different default device. On my LINUX
system it's pdf, so all my plots go to Rplots.pdf unless I explicitly
send them somewhere else. I don't know about the defaults on Macs but
you should be able to find the file in the current directory easily.


Dr. Philipp Pagel
Lehrstuhl für Genomorientierte Bioinformatik
Technische Universität München
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan
85350 Freising, Germany

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