[R] X11 is not availble

Dennis Schmidt Dennis.Schmidt at student.hpi.uni-potsdam.de
Thu Dec 18 12:38:31 CET 2008

Hi Fredrik,

well I'm connecting via SSH onto the machine. Lateron the R scripts  
shall be executed via some Ruby scripts. The pdf export is working  
properly, but I think it would be very ugly to first create a pdf file  
and then convert it to my needed png (or any other pure image format).  
Is there no way to manually connect to X11 even in my use case?


Am 18.12.2008 um 12:30 schrieb Fredrik Karlsson:

> Hi Dennis,
> Are you working from a remote client, i.e. not logged into the machine
> locally (in X)? If so, the png and jpg devices seem to need to be able
> to connect to X.
> http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/e2/help/06/10/3553.html
> Try using the pdf device instead.
> /Fredrik
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Dennis Schmidt
> <Dennis.Schmidt at student.hpi.uni-potsdam.de> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> after several problems with installing R on a Debian server It now  
>> finally
>> works at least roughly. With roughly I mean that the 'core'  
>> function do work
>> properly, but I'm still having problems with the image export. When  
>> I try to
>> call
>> png(filename="my_file.png", width=800, height=300, pointsize=12, bg =
>> "white")
>> I just get the error message "X11 is not available". But I don't  
>> know what
>> packages (or symlinks???) could still be missing.
>> I've installed R using the latest 2.8.0 version from the server  
>> which I
>> could compile (after solving quite some different problems) normally.
>> I hope anyone can help me out, best wishes,
>> Dennis Schmidt
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