[Rd] issues with dev.new avoiding RStudio plot device on unix?

Ott Toomet otoomet at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 05:31:22 CEST 2015

Can you describe your problem a bit more?

* What kind of unix system do you have?
* Can you run other X11 programs?

I had a similar issue, and the problem was that the computer was not set up
to support X11.  As a minimum, you have to install /xauth/, and potentially
also other libraries if you want to install packages from source.


On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 11:53 AM, Skye Bender-deMoll <skyebend at skyeome.net>

> Hi R-devl,
> I'm still unable to force opening an *interactive* non-Rstudio
> platform-specific plot device on *unix* systems.
> dev.new() add a new argument 'noRStudioGD' in R 3.1.1.  Thank you. It
> works for me when using RStudio on Windows, but on the unix system it opens
> a pdf device instead of an interactive device when using an interactive
> RStudio session (with R_DEFAULT_DEVICE and R_INTERACIVE_DEVICE not set).
> Do other unix RStudio users see this behavior?
> It appears that the relevant line of dev.new (and in zzz.R):
>    else if (nzchar(dsp) && .Platform$GUI %in% c("X11", "Tk"))
>              X11
>    else defdev
> but when I step through in debugger, I see that
> Browse[2]> .Platform$GUI
> [1] "RStudio"
> so instead of returning X11, it returnd defdev (pdf)
> perhaps changing to
> .Platform$GUI %in% c("X11", "Tk", "RStudio")
> would work, but seems a little strange logically.
> best,
>  -skye
> p.s.  I wonder if instead of having a noRStudioGD=TRUE flag, it might be a
> more future-proof design to have an avoid.devices='RStudioGD' argument  in
> case users need to induce similar behavior to avoid other current or future
> devices?  Probably to late now tho.
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