[R-SIG-Mac] plot() does not give labels under quartz

Kasper Daniel Hansen kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 15:49:22 CET 2011

This _may_ be unrelated to a corrupt font cache.  Note that the OP
says the issue is fixed by resizing the quartz screen.

To see this in action (explanation below) I have posted
(the initial look of the quartz window)
(after resize)

I have always had a (somewhat) similar experience: the first quartz
window does not show the entire plotting area.  If one looks closely
(in my case) you can see the top of the xlab in the plotting window,
but there are no scroll bars indicating that the plot is bigger than
the screen estate, despite the fact that the little icon in the lower
left corner indicates that this is really the lower left corner (I am
referring to the "resize triangle" - no idea what the technical term

When I click the green button (maximize) twice I now get a window
where I can see everything (screen2).

I have also assumed that this is because the default size of the
quartz device was bigger my laptop's screen (physical size, I am on a
Macbook right now).  This is not an issue on an external monitor.
Specifically I have assumed that the window manager has problems
initializing a window that is physically bigger than the  screen (note
that I say initializing - of course the window can be bigger than the
physical screen if I resize it to be so...).  This is pure
speculation, I have no basis for these claims.  I have always assumed
that this was a problem with Apple's SDK and not R.  And while I have
the issue I have always felt it was not worth spending time fixing (if
it is even fixable by someone else than Apple).

Now, the OP can see even less than I can.  Perhaps she is using a new
Macbook Air with even less vertical physical size?  Please respond to
this Tena.

Finally, this was using R-2.12.1, compiled by myself, running from the
terminal but using the quartz device.


On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 6:22 AM, Prof Brian Ripley
<ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> Missing labels has been reported several times, and AFAIK has always
> indicated a corrupt font cache (or other problems in the font book). There
> are various ways to repair that, so I'll leave you to Google for one.
> On Wed, 19 Jan 2011, Phillip Jardine wrote:
>> Tena,
>> I had the same problem myself a few months ago, when I upgraded to OS X
>> 10.6.5 (from OS X 10.4) I don't know why this happened, but by trial and
>> error I found that putting family = "sans" into the plot command brought
>> back the labels.
>> Bizarrely though things recently started working normally again, with no
>> updates/upgrades on my part. Strange, eh?
>> Anyway, try the family = "sans" thing, it might help.
>> Best wishes,
>> Phil
>> --
>> Phil Jardine
>> Geosystems Research Group
>> School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
>> University of Birmingham
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>> Birmingham
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>> ________________________________________
>> From: r-sig-mac-bounces at r-project.org [r-sig-mac-bounces at r-project.org] On
>> Behalf Of Tena Sakai [tsakai at gallo.ucsf.edu]
>> Sent: 19 January 2011 04:29
>> To: r-sig-mac at r-project.org
>> Subject: [R-SIG-Mac] plot() does not give labels under quarts.
>> Greetings,
>> I have noticed a bit odd behavior of plot() on OS X 10.6.5.
>> The R I downloaded from cran is R-2.12.1.pkg.  Below is
>> what I did:
>>       R version 2.12.1 (2010-12-16)
>>              .
>>              .
>>       [R.app GUI 1.35 (5665) x86_64-apple-darwin9.8.0]
>>       > foo <- c( 4, 6, 9 ,12 )
>>       > moo <- c( 34, 37, 41, 49 )
>>       > plot( foo ~ moo )
>> This gives me a plot with no labels.  No "moo", "foo", or numbers under
>> tics.  But,
>>       > X11()
>>       > plot( foo ~ moo )
>> This gives me xlabel ("moo"), ylabel ("foo"), and numbers under tics.
>> In the first case, by default, I am using quartz, while the second,
>> obviously, I am using X11.
>> Does anybody know why this happens under quartz and not under X11?
>> Thank you.
>> Tena Sakai
>> tsakai at gallo.ucsf.edu
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