[R] Plots Without Displaying

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Aug 16 21:47:26 CEST 2006

Yes, see


and as you didn't tell us your OS we don't know if these are available to 


may well work.

'An Introduction to R' explains about graphics devices, including these.

On Wed, 16 Aug 2006, Lothar Botelho-Machado wrote:

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> R Help Mailing List,
> I'd like to generate a plot that I could display and/or store it as e.g.
> jpeg. But unfortunately always a plotting window opens. Is it possible
> to prevent that?
> I tried the following:
> R> bp<-boxplot( sample(100), plot=FALSE)
> This works somehow, but it only stores data (as discribed in the help)
> in bp and it is not possible afaik to display bp later on or store them
> as a jpeg.
> The next:
> R> p<-plot(sample(100), sample(100), plot=FALSE)
> ..and also a variant using jpeg() didn't work at all.
> Is there a way to generally store the plots as object, without
> displaying them, or perhaps directly saving them to disc as jpeg?
> A "Yes" or "No" or any further help/links are appreciated!!!

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