Provided by: libalien-gnuplot-perl_1.030-2_all bug


       Alien::Gnuplot - Find and verify functionality of the gnuplot executable.


        package MyGnuplotter;

        use strict;

        use Alien::Gnuplot;

        $gnuplot = $Alien::Gnuplot::executable;

        `$gnuplot < /tmp/plotfile`;



       Alien::Gnuplot verifies existence and sanity of the gnuplot external application.  It only
       declares one access method, "Alien::Gnuplot::load_gnuplot", which does the actual work and
       is called automatically at load time.  Alien::Gnuplot doesn't have any actual plotting
       methods - making use of gnuplot, once it is found and verified, is up to you or your
       client module.

       Using Alien::Gnuplot checks for existence of the executable, verifies that it runs
       properly, and sets several global variables to describe the properties of the gnuplot it

       ·  $Alien::Gnuplot::executable

          gets the path to the gnuplot executable.

       ·  $Alien::Gnuplot::version

          gets the self-reported version number of the executable.

       ·  $Alien::Gnuplot::pl

          gets the self-reported patch level.

       ·  @Alien::Gnuplot::terms

          gets a list of the names of all supported terminal devices.

       ·  %Alien::Gnuplot::terms

          gets a key for each supported terminal device; values are the 1-line description from
          gnuplot.  This is useful for testing whether a particular terminal is supported.

       ·  @Alien::Gnuplot::colors

          gets a list of the names of all named colors recognized by this gnuplot.

       ·  %Alien::Gnuplot::colors

          gets a key for each named color; values are the "#RRGGBB" form of the color.  This is
          useful for decoding colors, or for checking whether a particular color name is
          recognized.  All the color names are lowercase alphanumeric.

       You can point Alien::Gnuplot to a particular path for gnuplot, by setting the environment
       variable GNUPLOT_BINARY to the path.  Otherwise your path will be searched (using
       File::Spec) for the executable file.

       If there is no executable application in your path or in the location pointed to by
       GNUPLOT_BINARY, then the module throws an exception.  You can also verify that it has not
       completed successfully, by examining $Alien::Gnuplot::version, which is undefined in case
       of failure and contains the gnuplot version string on success.

       If you think the global state of the gnuplot executable may have changed, you can either
       reload the module or explicitly call "Alien::Gnuplot::load_gnuplot()" to force a fresh
       inspection of the executable.


       When you install Alien::Gnuplot, it checks that gnuplot itself is installed as well.  If
       it is not, then Alien::Gnuplot attempts to use one of several common package managers to
       install gnuplot for you.  If it can't find one of those, if dies (and refuses to install),
       printing a friendly message about how to get gnuplot before throwing an error.

       In principle, gnuplot could be automagically downloaded and built, but it is distributed
       via Sourceforge -- which obfuscates interior links, making such tools surprisingly
       difficult to write.


       On POSIX systems, including Linux and MacOS, Alien::Gnuplot uses fork/exec to invoke the
       gnuplot executable and asynchronously monitor it for hangs.  Microsoft Windows process
       control is more difficult, so if $^O contains "MSWin32", a simpler system call is used,
       that is riskier -- it involves waiting for the unknown executable to complete.


       Gnuplot's main home page is at <>.

       Alien::Gnuplot development is at <>.

       A major client module for Alien::Gnuplot is PDL::Graphics::Gnuplot, which can be found at
       <>.  PDL is at <>.


       Craig DeForest <>

       (with special thanks to Chris Marshall, Juergen Mueck, and Sisyphus for testing and
       debugging on the Microsoft platform)


       Copyright (C) 2013 Craig DeForest

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.