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Where can I still download the gnuplot tikz terminal?

I keep winding up at broken links...

Or is there another alternative that makes gnuplot output tikz drawings?

Oh, and will I be able to get it working on mac os X?

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I prefer to avoid Fink and Macport I don't know anything about Homebrew. I think that's the better way for you is to compile : gnuplot. You need to install xcode but xcode is necessary with Homebrew too. Then you need to install lua. I'm not sure but it's preferable and this is easy. I think in the readme for the install you find something like ./configure --with-lua=yes. I make something like this on my Imac several months ago and then I have :

/usr/local/share/gnuplot/4.4/lua
/usr/local/share/gnuplot/4.4/lua/gnuplot-tikz.lua

And I can run this terminal

Remark : in the wiki of Homebrew there is a strange recommandation :

We recommend you delete /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib

There are another answers about how compile gnuplot on a mac but if you have a problem, you can find some helps here or on the net.

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I used to exclusively configure and compile things from source as well---but I always keep forgetting which magical incantation I had to pass configure in order to get a given piece of software to compile. Homebrew lets me stash that knowledge in a Git repository so it is always available. The recommendations are there because some third party software living in /usr/local/ can throw a wrench into configure scripts in odd ways (eg by being single-architecture when multi-arch is expected). Personally, I don't remove things until they cause a problem. –  Sharpie Apr 25 '11 at 17:54
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If you are using OS X, have you tried installing gnuplot through a package manger?

I use the Homebrew package manager and brew install gnuplot sets me up with a Lua-enabled version of gnuplot:

$ gnuplot
gnuplot> set term tikz
Terminal type set to 'tikz'
Options are 'color dashed'
gnuplot> plot [-3.14:3.14] sin(x)

This produces:

\begin{tikzpicture}[gnuplot]
%% generated with GNUPLOT 4.4p3 (Lua 5.1.4; terminal rev. 97, script rev. 96a)
%% Sun Apr 24 13:46:45 2011
\gpcolor{gp lt color border}
\gpsetlinetype{gp lt border}
\gpsetlinewidth{1.00}
\draw[gp path] (1.196,0.616)--(1.376,0.616);
... plus many more lines that I have clipped for brevity

Hope this helps!


Some other popular package managers for OS X are Fink and MacPorts. I prefer Homebrew because it is integrated with git and GitHub which makes it easy to distribute my customizations to multiple computer systems

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I only knew Fink and MacPorts. Had macports installed and removing it right now to test Homebrew (don't know if this is needed, but I don't want multiple instances of the same app installed, this would lead to conflicts I guess). Homebrew looks very nice. –  romeovs Apr 25 '11 at 10:07
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