[R] Empty pdf

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 15:04:01 CEST 2013

On Jul 1, 2013, at 14:35 , Adrian Trapletti wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am comparing "R CMD BATCH script.R" with running the following code snippet within R:
> pdf("Rplots.pdf")
> source("script.R")
> dev.off()
> q(save="no")
> Among other things, one difference is that the former produces no Rplots.pdf while the latter produces an empty Rplots.pdf, if script.R does not contain "plotting" commands (R version 3.0.1, i486-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit)). What is the difference between the two with respect to pdf plotting?

Same as on the command line: If you type quartz() (or whatever is the default device for you), you get an empty window if no plotting follows. If you type plot(0:9), the quartz() device is opened for you and plotted into.

You could try


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