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Getting Into and Out of Dataplot

Platform Dependent The procedure for accessing Dataplot depends on the platform that you are running Dataplot on. It also depends on whether you want to run the command line version or the graphical interface version.
Unix Platforms On Unix installations, the command line version of Dataplot is typically started by entering
    /usr/local/bin/dataplot
and the graphical user interface version is typically started by entering
    /usr/local/bin/xdataplot
If, as is common, /usr/local/bin is included in your default path, you can simply enter
    dataplot
or
    xdataplot
File names are case sensitive on Unix platforms, so be sure to enter this in lower case.

If Dataplot was installed in a directory other than /usr/local/bin, you should ask your local system adminstrator (or whoever installed Dataplot on your machine) for the name of the directory where Dataplot is installed. It is recommended that you add this directory to your default path.

If the Dataplot auxillary files (e.g., the online HELP, the sample data files and macros) are not installed in the "/usr/local/lib/dataplot" directory, then you need to enter the following command before running Dataplot:

    setenv DATAPLOT_FILES <dir-name>
where <dir-name> is the name of the appropriate directory. Note that name should include the trailing slash. For example,
    setenv DATAPLOT_FILES /home/heckert/dataplot/lib/
If this command is needed, we recommend putting it in your ".cshrc" file.

The above setenv command assumes you are running the c-shell or t-shell. If you run the Bourne shell (or one of the shells that uses a Bourne like syntax), use the equivalent Bourne shell syntax:

    DATAPLOT_FILES=/home/heckert/dataplot/lib/
    export DATAPLOT_FILES
Windows Platforms For the various Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP), the default location for Dataplot is in the C:\DATAPLOT directory.

The installation notes for Windows give instructions on how to create shortcuts to both the command line version and the graphical interface version. Refer to the post downloading notes for instructions on how to create these shortcuts.

So to initiate Dataplot in the Windows environment, simply click on the appropriate desktop icon.

Other Platforms For other platforms, check with your local system administrator for assistance. Typically, you should be able to simply enter
    DATAPLOT
You may need to set your command search path to include the Dataplot directory.
Exiting Out of Dataplot To exit out of the command line version of Dataplot, enter any one of the following commands:
    EXIT
    END
    STOP
    HALT
    BYE

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Date created: 06/05/2001
Last updated: 09/28/2016

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