I use gnuplot a lot, and in some quite different contexts, for which
different settings are useful. So I tried putting shorthands like this
in my .bashrc:
alias gnuplot-a="gnuplot -e 'some commands;' -"
alias gnuplot-b="gnuplot -e 'other commands;' -"
(or, equivalently, "gnuplot init_file -"); the problem is that this puts
gnuplot into batch mode and I cannot access the history, which kind of
defeats the whole idea of saving keystrokes.
Here are two threads that I found that deal with this problem:
In the first, someone had the same problem and suggested putting gnuplot
in interactive mode when reading from '-' but got the reply: "The '-'
command-line argument is meant for use with programs
controlling gnuplot from the outside (after having loaded some scripts
first), not for actual interactive usage by people."
I understand that, but I really feel there should be a way to do what I
am trying, be it with a command (e.g. 'load history' as suggested in the
second thread above) or a switch (e.g. '--interactive').
Besides, gnuplot already treats an explicit '-' differently from
no-arguments, and in the latter case seems to detect whether it is on a
$ gnuplot # real interactive
gnuplot> print 2*pi
$ echo print 2*pi | gnuplot # real batch
$ echo print 2*pi | gnuplot - # pseudo-interactive
So for '-', why not also check for a terminal and load the history in
that case? At the same time, one could eliminate the prompts when not
on a terminal.
Or is there a solution I overlooked? After all, the threads are not
exactly new. (I realize that I could fake it by writing a .gnuplot file
on-the-fly, but that seems needlessly complicated and error-prone.)
Sorry for the long post.
PS: Also, sorry if this is posted to the list more than once -- I had a
problem where it was rejected at first, now I am no longer 100% sure if
it got through before.