Mail Archives: djgpp/1999/07/20/08:47:58

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 14:47:33 +0200
From: Hans-Bernhard Broeker <broeker AT physik DOT rwth-aachen DOT de>
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To: djgpp AT delorie DOT com
Subject: Re: initialization file for gnuplot 3.7
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Organization: RWTH Aachen, III. physikalisches Institut B
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In article <199907191932 DOT OAA07195 AT darwin DOT sfbr DOT org> you wrote:

> I'd like to have ~/_gnuplot be the initialization file, in keeping with
> many other djgpp ports.  Can this be done without recompiling gnuplot?
> AFAICT the initialization file (under MS-DOS) *must* be called GNUPLOT.INI
> (which of course could load _gnuplot, but then what would be the point?).

It can't be changed without recompiling the binary (or modifying it
in-place), that much is true.  Among others, such a change would be
contradicting the gnuplot documentation, thus introducing a bug into
your version of gnuplot, unless you change the docs as well.

I really fail to see any good reason for this behaviour. Unlike most
of the existing GNU programs, gnuplot *does* already have a documented
working solution for it's startup file on MS-DOS, and that's been so
for well over five years, now. Changing it just because you don't like
the current file name would break other users' expectations without
any good reason.

Hans-Bernhard Broeker (broeker AT physik DOT rwth-aachen DOT de)
Even if all the snow were burnt, ashes would remain.

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