On 2004-05-07 13:16+0200 Arjen Markus wrote:
> > Arjen, we need specifics. Otherwise, there is nothing we can do and nothing
> > we can discuss.
> > So please give us a simple programme example (or combination of options for
> > a standard example) which demonstrates the png device problem you have found
> > so we can replicate the problem for ourselves.
> >From walking through the code, I do see now that it has to do with the
> of my windows, more particularly the fact that I usually have
> windows, rather than the 4/3 aspect ratio that PLplot uses by default.
> Because internally the x coordinate is scaled to fit within the range
> and the y coordinate is scaled to fit within 3/4 of that, the
> coordinates that
> my program uses exceed the limit of 32767.
> (I wil try to see if setting the -geometry option works - the PNG driver
All coordinates are scaled and clipped in PLplot so I am quite interested
that you found a case in the png device where you overflowed one of the
coordinate integers. I believe that must be some sort of bug. I know from
one point of view, you are trying to find a workaround (with say, the
-geometry option) that will work for your set of users. But please (!) also
take the developer's point of view. In addition to finding workarounds for
the bug, give us a simple example where we can replicate the bug so that we
can fix it.
> Another problem is that the color map (cmap0) is too small for my
> Is there a particular limit for PNG files or is it simply the
Each PLplot device is required to support 16 colours at minimum, but for
certain devices the limit is much larger. For example, for the png device,
the number of cmap0 (and also cmap1) colours is limited to 2^8/2 = 128 in
8-bit mode. But for 24-bit mode (available for the gd library that comes
with most Linux distributions now), the number of possible cmap0 or cmap1
colours is limited to 2^24/2 = 8M ~ 8.3 million colours which should be
adequate for most purposes. :-) In fact, in 24-bit mode I think the png and
jpeg devices probably have support for a much larger number of colours than
any of our other devices.
To make sure you have 24-bit mode for the png device, use
-dev png -drvopt 24bit
. I just tried this combination of options myself, and the result was I
could use 8M cmap0 colours with no problems other than taking 10 seconds or
so to set up all those colours.
BTW, I tried this test in python using
# This makes length of red, green, and blue arrays = 8*1024*1024
scale = 32*1024
red = zeros(256*scale)
# Maximum colour value is 255.
green = arange(256*scale)/scale
blue = zeros(256*scale)
plscmap0(red, green, blue)
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org), the Yorick front-end to PLplot (yplot.sf.net), the
Loads of Linux Links project (loll.sf.net), and the Linux Brochure Project