[IPython-user] gnuplot variables
fperez at colorado.edu
Thu Jul 31 12:24:33 CDT 2003
Arnd Baecker wrote:
> the followig seems to boil down to the question: how to check if a pipe
> opened with popen3 contains data to be read.
> Still I thought I start to post this question here as it is in the context
> of Fernando's improvements to gnuplot...
Interesting ideas, but keep in mind that pipe support is very os dependent.
So adding any of these to Gnuplot.py will be no small task, as a fair amount
of os-specific checks will have to be enabled. In particular, I think that
under WinXX systems, pipe support is limited (I could be wrong here).
While I use gnuplot for all my work (hence all the enhancements I put into
ipython for it), in a sense I am using as a stop-gap solution. I have high
hopes that once the chaco framework matures, it will provide a better
'pythonic' solution to the plotting problem. I know of all the problems
involved with getting WxWindows to work reliably, and that's why I currently
stay away from it. But hopefully these will be ironed out in time.
This is not to say that I don't see gnuplot enhancements as a worthwhile goal,
but simply to point out that I would not spend too much effort on it. On the
other hand, anyone else is more than welcome to put their effort in :)
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