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       gnuplot - an interactive plotting program


       gnuplot [ X11 options ] [file ...]


       Gnuplot is a command-driven interactive function plotting program.

       If  files  are given, gnuplot loads each file with the load command, in
       the order specified.  Gnuplot exits after the last file is processed.

       Here are some of its features:

       Plots any number of functions, built up of C operators, C library func-
       tions,  and  some things C doesn’t have like **, sgn(), etc.  Also sup-
       port for plotting data files, to compare  actual  data  to  theoretical

       User-defined  X  and Y ranges (optional auto-ranging), smart axes scal-
       ing, smart tic marks.

       Labelling of X and Y axes.

       User-defined constants and functions.

       Support for many output devices and file formats

       Shell escapes and command line substitution.

       Load and save capability.

       Output redirection.

       All computations performed in the complex domain.  Just the  real  part
       is  plotted  by  default, but functions like imag() and abs() and arg()
       are available to override this.


       Gnuplot provides the x11 terminal type for use  with  X  servers.  This
       terminal  type  is set automatically at startup if the DISPLAY environ-
       ment variable is set, if the TERM environment variable is set to xterm,
       or if the -display command line option is used.  For terminal type x11,
       gnuplot accepts the standard X Toolkit options and  resources  such  as
       geometry, font, and background. See the X(1) man page for a description
       of the options.  In addition to the X Toolkit options:

       -clear requests that the window be cleared  momentarily  before  a  new
       plot is displayed.

       -gray  requests  grayscale  rendering  on  grayscale or color displays.
       (Grayscale displays receive monochrome rendering by default.)

       -mono forces monochrome rendering on color displays.

       -persist lets plot windows survive after main gnuplot program exits.

       -raise raises the plot window after each plot.

       -noraise does not raise the plot window after each plot.

       -tvtwm requests that geometry specifications for position of the window
       be  made  relative  to  the  currently displayed portion of the virtual

       These options may also be controlled with resources in your  .Xdefaults
       file.  For example: gnuplot*gray: on .

       Gnuplot  provides  a  command line option (-pointsize v) and a resource
       (gnuplot*pointsize: v) to control the size of points plotted  with  the
       "points"  plotting  style. The value v is a real number (greater than 0
       and less than or equal to ten) used  as  a  scaling  factor  for  point
       sizes.  For  example,  -pointsize 2 uses points twice the default size,
       and -pointsize 0.5 uses points half the normal size.

       For monochrome displays, gnuplot does not  honor  foreground  or  back-
       ground  colors. The default is black-on-white. -rv or gnuplot*reverseV-
       ideo: on requests white-on-black.

       For color displays gnuplot honors the following resources  (shown  here
       with  default values). The values may be color names in the X11 rgb.txt
       file on your system, hexadecimal RGB color specifications (see X11 doc-
       umentation), or a color name followed by a comma and an intensity value
       from 0 to 1. For example, blue,.5 means a half intensity blue.

       gnuplot*background: white
       gnuplot*textColor: black
       gnuplot*borderColor: black
       gnuplot*axisColor: black
       gnuplot*line1Color: red
       gnuplot*line2Color: green
       gnuplot*line3Color: blue
       gnuplot*line4Color: magenta
       gnuplot*line5Color: cyan
       gnuplot*line6Color: sienna
       gnuplot*line7Color: orange
       gnuplot*line8Color: coral

       When -gray is selected, gnuplot  honors  the  following  resources  for
       grayscale or color displays (shown here with default values). Note that
       the default background is black.

       gnuplot*background: black
       gnuplot*textGray: white
       gnuplot*borderGray: gray50
       gnuplot*axisGray: gray50
       gnuplot*line1Gray: gray100
       gnuplot*line2Gray: gray60
       gnuplot*line3Gray: gray80
       gnuplot*line4Gray: gray40
       gnuplot*line5Gray: gray90
       gnuplot*line6Gray: gray50
       gnuplot*line7Gray: gray70
       gnuplot*line8Gray: gray30

       Gnuplot honors the following resources for setting the width in  pixels
       of  plot lines (shown here with default values.) 0 or 1 means a minimal
       width line of 1 pixel width. A value of 2 or 3 may improve the  appear-
       ance of some plots.

       gnuplot*borderWidth: 2
       gnuplot*axisWidth: 0
       gnuplot*line1Width: 0
       gnuplot*line2Width: 0
       gnuplot*line3Width: 0
       gnuplot*line4Width: 0
       gnuplot*line5Width: 0
       gnuplot*line6Width: 0
       gnuplot*line7Width: 0
       gnuplot*line8Width: 0

       Gnuplot  honors the following resources for setting the dash style used
       for plotting lines.  0 means a solid line. A 2 digit number jk (j and k
       are  >=  1   and <= 9) means a dashed line with a repeated pattern of j
       pixels on followed by k pixels off.  For example, ’16’  is  a  "dotted"
       line  with  1 pixel on followed by 6 pixels off.  More elaborate on/off
       patterns can be specified with a 4 digit value.  For example, ’4441’ is
       4  on,  4  off,  4  on,  1  off. The default values shown below are for
       monochrome displays or monochrome rendering on color or grayscale  dis-
       plays.  For  color  displays,  the  defaults for all are 0 (solid line)
       except for axisDashes which defaults to a ’16’ dotted line.

       gnuplot*borderDashes: 0
       gnuplot*axisDashes: 16
       gnuplot*line1Dashes: 0
       gnuplot*line2Dashes: 42
       gnuplot*line3Dashes: 13
       gnuplot*line4Dashes: 44
       gnuplot*line5Dashes: 15
       gnuplot*line6Dashes: 4441
       gnuplot*line7Dashes: 42
       gnuplot*line8Dashes: 13

       The size or aspect ratio of a plot may be changed by resizing the  gnu-
       plot window.


       Thomas Williams, Pixar Corporation,
       and Colin Kelley.

       Additions  for labelling by Russell Lang, Monash University, Australia.
       Further additions by David Kotz, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire,  USA
       (formerly of Duke University, North Carolina, USA).


       See the help bugs command in gnuplot.


       See the printed manual or the on-line help for details on specific com-

4th Berkeley Distribution       03 January 2001                     GNUPLOT(1)

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