[R] Printer

Ray Brownrigg Ray.Brownrigg at mcs.vuw.ac.nz
Tue Jul 3 23:08:53 CEST 2001

> I am an econometrics student using R. How do I print directly from R to
> a printer (not to the screen) :
> 1) an object saved previously in the workspace
> 2) a graphic plot on the screen
Try this.  If you give it an object name, it will print that object,
otherwise it will print the current plot (assuming a Postscript

lpr <-
function (object, file = "Rplotlpr.ps", ...) 
    if (missing(object)) {
        current.device <- dev.cur()
        dev.off(dev.copy(device = postscript, file = file, ...))
        system(paste("lpr", file))
        print(paste(file, "printed."))
    else {
        if (missing(file)) 
            file <- "Robjlpr.txt"
        object <- as.character(substitute(object))
        system(paste("lpr", file))
        print(paste(object, "printed."))

Hope this helps,
Ray Brownrigg <ray at mcs.vuw.ac.nz>	http://www.mcs.vuw.ac.nz/~ray
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