From: Ethan A Merritt <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 2003-11-16 18:47:35
Can someone fill me in on the intended use of the xlib terminal?
Is it primarily just a debugging aid for x11, or a mechanism for piping
x11 output to something other than gnuplot_x11?
'help set term xlib' leads one to believe that the xlib terminal driver is
the same as x11 except that the output is controlled by 'set output'.
Maybe this used to be true, but there are now many options and
capabilities in x11.trm that are not in xlib.trm
It would be trivial to replace the current xlib.trm code with a
simple TERM_TABLE that duplicates the entries in x11.trm except
for term->init, which would set the output device appropriately.
This would be perfect, if the idea is to use it as a debugger for x11.
But if xlib is exists for compatibility with some other display
program (not gnuplot_x11) then maybe it needs to keep its
limited command set?
Or it could be removed altogether, or replaced with a
terminal option in the x11 terminal
'set term x11 debug'
Ethan A Merritt
Department of Biochemistry & Biomolecular Structure Center
University of Washington, Seattle