[R] Encapsulated postscript and the family argument

Patrick Connolly p.connolly at hortresearch.co.nz
Mon Aug 25 00:10:29 CEST 2003

> version
platform i686-pc-linux-gnu
arch     i686             
os       linux-gnu        
system   i686, linux-gnu  
major    1                
minor    7.1              
year     2003             
month    06               
day      16               
language R                

>From my investigations, it would appear that if I wish to make an eps
file instead of a 'normal' postscript file, I can specify paper as
'special' and onefile to FALSE which will then mean the bounding box
is used as the size.

However, what wasn't obvious to me was that it is necessary to specify
what family to use.  If no family is specified, the default family
does appear to be used, BUT, the resulting file is no different from a
'regular postscript' file.  The value in ps.options does not seem to
be used in the same way.

Is this intentional behaviour?

The help file refers to the existence of two forms of the argument
family, but it doesn't seem to me to be what is at stake here.  There
is a reference earlier in the file to the need to be a postscript
expert if tinkering with .ps.prologue is contemplated.  Maybe
something similar is required to understand what's happening here.


Patrick Connolly
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