[R] X11 plot window doesn't show graphic immediately

Alexander Engelhardt alex at chaotic-neutral.de
Sun Jan 13 09:19:32 CET 2013

Hi Ista,

thanks for your advice. I updated my .Rprofile file with the following 
two lines:


Everything works fine now.

Best wishes,

On 01/13/2013 02:26 AM, Ista Zahn wrote:
> Hi Alexander,
> Try changing your type, e.g.,  X11.options(type="nbcairo"). See ?X11
> for details, and
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13235100/empty-plot-in-r for
> reference.
> Best,
> Ista
> On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM, Alexander Engelhardt
> <alex at chaotic-neutral.de> wrote:
>> Hi r-help,
>> I have a weird problem. When I plot anything, say plot(1:10), a plot window
>> opens but it's empty. It looks just like this:
>> http://i.imgur.com/9uqO6.png
>> I have to resize the window, either by clicking the fullscreen icon on the
>> menu bar, or by dragging the borders. Then the plot is shown, but strangely
>> in the original size of the window, where it was before the resize:
>> http://i.imgur.com/tXcop.png
>> Then, when I resize to shrink the window back, the plot is shown too big,
>> how it would have fit in the previously resized window:
>> http://i.imgur.com/mBUo7.png
>> So it seems like the windows displays everything with a resize lag of 1,
>> i.e. according to the previous resize. Erm...
>> Some possibly helpful info:
>> - I am on Arch Linux
>> - R version 2.15.2
>> - It happens on two different computers (both Arch Linux)
>> - It happens when starting R from the console or from within Emacs
>> - plotting to a pdf("some.pdf") works fine
>> I have no idea where to search for the cause of that. Did anyone encounter
>> this or have any idea where this might come from? Pointers to where to look
>> for the cause are welcome too.
>> Thanks in advance,
>>   Alex
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