[IPython-user] ipython -p numeric problem

Andrew Straw devlists at insightscientific.com
Mon Mar 31 16:59:16 CST 2003

I'd better speak up as I'm one of the supposedly few people that use 
Gnuplot with the mouse option!

I do use it, and I appreciate that IPython turns it on by default.  
Mouse support is a term-specific thing.  My x11 terms support it, but 
my aquaterm (Mac OS X native WM term) doesn't.  Also, FYI, I'd love to 
get away from running CVS builds of stuff, but gnuplot in particular 
seems to be one I just compile myself every once in a while and it 
seems to work great.

Anyhow, welcome to scipy.net!  I'm brimming with optimism about the 


On Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 02:31  PM, Fernando Perez wrote:

> Quoting Jack Moffitt <jack at xiph.org>:
>>> It is caused by the fact that I'm trying to enable mouse support, but
>>> unfortunately I think only the CVS gnuplot has this.  In a sense it's
>>> forcing a bit the users's hand, but I've left it in because Gnuplot 
>>> with
>>> mouse is so incredibly better than without, that it's worth for users
>>> the pain of moving over to CVS code.
>> It really depends on how soon the Gnuplot CVS will make it to a real
>> release?  I have no idea what their timelines are.
> Well, slow as far as I can see.
>>> Unfortunately I don't know of a way to trap the error to inform the
>>> users of all this more gracefully.  Ideally I'd check for this in 
>>> some
>>> manner and give a nice message, but because of the way ipython
>>> communicates with gnuplot, I've failed so far.
>> Can't you just run gnuplot --version and check the version string?
> The problem is that I'm not really sure in which patch level the mouse
> support appeared.  But to be honest, I haven't put much effort into 
> this at
> all.  It may also be possible to start gnuplot with the mouse option 
> on from
> the command line, and check for an error code.  So few people seem to 
> use
> gnuplot that I've been a bit lazy with this.  The ones that use it 
> seem to
> be happy to get the mouse-enhanced version.   But I should really cook 
> up a
> cleaner solution.
> Cheers,
> f
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