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Bug in latest Ubuntu release (13.04) disables R graphics device

neil south
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In the latest Ubuntu release last week (13.04), the graphics window in R remains blank until you manually resize the window.  See below; this is not limited to rgedit, the same happens from the terminal or from RKward.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gedit-r-plugin/+bug/1173755

This appears to be a low priority bug in the Ubuntu community, but for us R users it is critical.

Does anybody have a solution for this?  I'm hoping either the R community can help solve it, or if enough people are experiencing the bug it will become higher priority for the developers.

Thanks.
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andrewcd
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I posted that bug, and since then several people have emailed me asking if I have found any fixes yet.  I don't.  While I'm eager for a fix, I've learned to live with it somewhat (like a lot of the bugs/"features" in the new ubuntu).

You might re-do this post as an email to the mailing list.  It won't show up in people's inboxes when you post direct to the nabble, and a lot of people don't check the webforum.
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wmpauli
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HI,

I was able to fix this on my computer by not using the fglrx driver (fglrx-update package on Radeon HD 7570), but the open-source radeon driver.

Best,

Wolfgang
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andrewcd
Hi,

I had never heard of these drivers before, and did some googling.  According to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI,
By default Ubuntu will use the open source AMD or Radeon driver for cards manufactured by AMD. Some users however prefer the proprietary fglrx driver for various reasons.
Does this mean that you had previously disabled AMD or Radeon and then installed fglrx?  How does one tell if one has radeon or fglrx?  How does one go about switching?  What, if any, risks are involved in doing so?

I am not the only one affected by this problem, so if you could post a simple step-by-step, you'd probably benefit a lot of people.  Perhaps a good place would be here in the R-help thread, as well as in the ububtu bug launchpad thread.

Best,
Andrew




On 05/24/2013 02:22 AM, wmpauli [via R] wrote:
HI,

I was able to fix this on my computer by not using the fglrx driver (fglrx-update package on Radeon HD 7570), but the open-source radeon driver.

Best,

Wolfgang


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jcrada
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Hi,

updating to R version 3.0.1 solves the issue with refreshing the Graphics Device. Otherwise, you can correctly see the contents of the graphics device by resizing the window and thus forcing an update.

Cheers.
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hanansela
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Hi You can update R to the latest R version 3.0.1. It have solved the problem in my machine. However, if you are using RKWard you will need to build it from source to fit R 3.0.1. See: http://www.personal.psu.edu/mar36/blogs/the_ubuntu_r_blog/2013/03/moving-to-r-300-on-ubuntu.html about how to upgrade to R 3.0.0. See "deb-src for all systems" in: http://rkward.sourceforge.net/ about how to build RKWard from source. This is quite a drag and I guess you will have to update your R packages as well after these R updates. good luck
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