[R-SIG-Mac] Error in plot.new() : figure margins too large

Timothy Bates tim.bates at ed.ac.uk
Wed Jul 20 11:55:03 CEST 2011

Dear Mac R users,

Not sure if this is mac/quartz specific or not.

With my default graph size (about 3*3 inches), this code:

layout(matrix(c(1, 2, 3, 3), 2, byrow = TRUE))
plot(1:10); plot(11:20); plot(21:40)

Gives the error "Error in plot.new() : figure margins too large”:

If I expand the quartz window, run the code (error free), then reduce the window (generating an in window “margins" error message), then expand again: it redraws itself just fine.

Question: Why doesn’t the code execute the same way when the window is initially too small? (i.e., draw into a window minimally big enough to allow the scaled graph to be rendered, then try rendering in the desired window, keeping the plot code intact and making an in-window error if necessary)?

best, tim

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