[R] R2winBUGS | option to turn off GUI?

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Sun Nov 25 16:59:59 CET 2007

Same answer as the one for your other R-help question "[R] R2winBUGS & 
WinBUGS gui" (November 23).
Folks, sometimes people (like me in this case) are out of office and 
then it might take more then an hour to answer your questions...

Uwe Ligges

Evan Cooch wrote:
> Greetings -
> I run a multi-pro server box (GNU/Linux), on which I've installed 
> winBUGS under wine. Works fine, and plays nice with r2WinBUGS, provided 
> everything is done through a graphical front-end (either by working from 
> console, or using a virtual desktop via VNC or equivalent).
> However, I'm wondering if there is a way to use R2winBUGS and winBUGS 
> such that winBUGS does not spawn any windows - in other words, have R 
> and R2winBUGS access the winBUGS 'engine', dump everything to coda 
> files, but not generate any windows? I ask because a number of my more 
> 'remote' users have trouble running a graphical interface to the 
> machine. Rather, they'd like to ssh into a shell, run a R script calling 
> R2WinBUGS, then sign off. At present, this doesn't work 'cleanly' 
> because winBUGS keeps trying to open up a window or two. Which, needless 
> to say, doesn't work if you're running things in an ASCII shell from the 
> command line.
> We've looked at the R2winBUGS docs, and found nothing there (or on 
> various drills through what we could find on the web) for how to do this 
> - if it is at all possible.
> Possible? If so, we'd be delighted to be enlightened on how! ;-)
> Thanks very much in advance...
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