[R] big ps-files

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 5 10:55:03 CET 2003

Why does it matter?  Surely the time taken to read the file or send it to
the printer is not important, and the actual files compress well for
storage (about a factor of 6 with bzip2 on the example I tried).

Which version of S-PLUS, which has had two completely separate postscript
drivers?  The AT&T S version was written in the 1980s when this did matter
and is somewhat optimized for compact code.

I've just done a quick comparison on the MASS4 ch05 script using Linux.  
S-PLUS 6.1 produces 212Kb, R 1.6.2 produces 596Kb.  These compressed to 48
and 108Kb respectively.

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003, Helgi Tomasson wrote:

> I have been using R for many years and I am very happy with it.  One
> thing puzzles me.
> Graphic postscript files tend to become quite big, much bigger than
> corresponding splus
> postscript files. Does anybody have a hint  to avoid this?

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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