Another possible workaround is to use the command
page_screen_output = "false"
to turn the pager off.
Input line too long
when trying to plot many lines on one graph, you have probably generated
a plot command that is too large for
buffer for commands. Splitting up the plot command doesn't help because
replot is implemented in gnuplot by simply appending the new plotting
commands to the old command line and then evaluating it again.
You can demonstrate this `feature' by running gnuplot and doing something like
plot sin (x), sin (x), sin (x), ... lots more ..., sin (x)
replot sin (x), sin (x), sin (x), ... lots more ..., sin (x)
after repeating the replot command a few times, gnuplot will give you an error.
Also, it doesn't help to use backslashes to enter a plot command over several lines, because the limit is on the overall command line length, once the backslashed lines are all pasted together.
Because of this, Octave tries to use as little of the command-line length as possible by using the shortest possible abbreviations for all the plot commands and options. Unfortunately, the length of the temporary file names is probably what is taking up the most space on the command line.
You can buy a little bit of command line space by setting the
TMPDIR to be "." before starting Octave, or
you can increase the maximum command line length in gnuplot by changing
the following limits in the file plot.h in the gnuplot distribution and
#define MAX_LINE_LEN 32768 /* originally 1024 */ #define MAX_TOKENS 8192 /* originally 400 */
Of course, this doesn't really fix the problem, but it does make it much less likely that you will run into trouble unless you are putting a very large number of lines on a given plot.
A list of ideas for future enhancements is distributed with Octave. See the file PROJECTS in the top level directory in the source distribution.