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Re: interactive plotting functionality

From: Dan Mennitt
Subject: Re: interactive plotting functionality
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 10:34:04 -0500
User-agent: Thunderbird (Macintosh/20081105)

great, that's good to hear. I am using X11, although getenv("GNUTERM") simply returns:

ans =

weird. I installed octave from a .dmg from the GNU octave repository at This gives you a nice aqua-style icon to click on that starts up the terminal and runs octave. The problem may be with my gnuplot installation. Weeks ago, I installed version 4.0. While trying to get the zoom to work, I used macports to install the latest version of gnuplot. The installation went smoothly, but now when I run gnuplot from the terminal it shows 'version 4.0', whereas before i rebooted my machine it showed 4.2. What went wrong?


Ben Abbott wrote:

On Dec 23, 2008, at 9:18 PM, Ben Abbott wrote:

On Dec 23, 2008, at 8:49 PM, Dan Mennitt <address@hidden> wrote:

hey everyone,

I am using Octave 3.0.2 on mac osx with gnuplot.  I would really
like to
be able to zoom in and rotate 3d plots using the mouse with octave.
After searching a bit, I have seen much chatter on this issue and the
answer seems to be that its just not possible with the current version
of gnuplot.  Is anyone using an alternative plotting utility that
this functionality?


What version of gnuplot are you running?

By chance are you using Aquaterm?

If yes, try the x11 terminal instead.


I've got a better internet connection than my cell phone now. If my response is confusing, you can determine the terminal you're running by typing 'getenv("GNUTERM")' at octave's prompt.

If the response is "aqua" then you are running aquaterm. Aquaterm produces nicely rendered plots, but does not permit the mouse to zoom/rotate the plot.

I do not recall when the rotation was first supported by gnuplot, but I'm sure it does work for the x11 terminal for gnuplot version > 4.2.3.

If you are running octave with aquaterm, it is possible to switch to the x11 terminal. The method to accomplish that will depend upon how you are running octave. Where did you obtain you copy of octave from ... and how do you launch it?


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