[R] calling R from a shell script and have it display graphics

Christophe Pallier pallier at lscp.ehess.fr
Thu Feb 12 11:57:42 CET 2004


I am running R under Linux/x11.

I would like to call R from a shell script and have it display a series 
of graphics.
The graphics should remain visible until the user clicks or presses a key.

I first tried R BATCH, but it does not load the x11 module, making it 
impossible to open x11 or png devices.

Then, I tried to call R with a 'here' script:

R --vanilla --quiet --args text.txt <<'EOF'
cat('processing ',file,'\n')

The problem with this approach is that the script cannot interact with 
the user.
par(ask=T) will fail because it reads input from the script rather than 
from the keyboard.

While I am writing this, a solution comes to my mind: I could save all 
the graphics in png format (using R <script.R), and when it is finished, 
call ImageMagick's display to show all the png (or use any other 
diaporama system). However, I find it a dirty hack.

Is there a simpler and cleaner way to achieve this?

Christophe Pallier

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