[R-SIG-Mac] no title bar on mavericks X11 windows

Andy Jacobson (NOAA Affiliate) andy.jacobson at noaa.gov
Wed Oct 30 19:40:17 CET 2013

Hi Marc, all:

More digging on the Xquartz mailing lists led me to discover the source of this issue.  It's a preferences setting in Mission Control:  "displays have separate spaces".  If that is clicked "on", then a range of X apps will exhibit the behavior that the title bar is hidden behind the menu bar.  (You can see the title bar by entering Mission Control with F3).  Once that setting is turned off, the problem goes away.  Changing this setting does require a logout/login cycle.


On Wed 30 Oct 2013, at 12:08 , Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com> wrote:

> On Oct 30, 2013, at 12:11 PM, Andy Jacobson (NOAA Affiliate) <andy.jacobson at noaa.gov> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Since upgrading to Mavericks, all X11 windows created by R are without title bar (no maximize/minimize/close buttons, no title)...just a blank white canvas placed in the upper-left corner of my primary display.  R draws into this just fine, but I can't move, close, or otherwise manipulate the window.  This occurs with X11() called from remote machines (an older R-2.14.1), and from R-3.0.0 and R-3.0.2 locally.  Other X applications, both locally- and remotely-executed, do not suffer from this issue.  I also upgraded Xquartz to the 2.7.5-rc3 recommended for Mavericks users by the Xquartz team, but it had no effect on this issue.  I don't know if this is an R issue or an Xquartz issue...any ideas?
>> Thanks,
>> Andy
> Hi,
> I am running 3.0.2 on Mavericks (CRAN binary install) and when I use X11() running R in a terminal session, I get a full window with title bar on my MacBook Pro. I re-installed XQuartz (2.7.4) after upgrading from 10.8 to 10.9.
> See the attached screen capture PNG.
> I tested it via R.app as well, with the same result.
> Regards,
> Marc Schwartz
> <Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 1.03.09 PM.png>

Andy Jacobson
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NOAA Earth System Research Lab
Global Monitoring Division
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