I'm trying to create an image that shows (for example) the portion of a standard cylinder (\cos(v),\sin(v),u) that lies between the planes z=0 and z+y=5. Generating the cylinder itself is not an issue, but I would need to set the bounds for u from 0 to 5-\sin(v), which pstricks seems to hate; it gives me an Invalid argument error. Is there some simple way around this that I'm missing?

Edit: By request, what I'm trying right now thanks to Herbert. At this point I get no errors, but it gets hung up indefinitely in the compile:


viewpoint=15 55 35 rtp2xyz,
lightsrc=20 60 20 rtp2xyz,
ngrid=50 50,  


base=0 2 pi pi neg,  
plansepare={[0 0 1 -1]},


  • I remember a graphic very similar, that your case, in this page; but using tikz or pgfplots. But I don't remember the link nor tags. :( – juanuni Jun 22 '15 at 2:54
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    give an example what you already tried. – user2478 Jun 22 '15 at 5:53
  • @Herbert: I'm on a mobile right now, but as I said the cylinder draws just fine with u from 0 to 5 and v from pi to pi neg. But if I change the 5 to anything involving a v, I get an Invalid argument error. – Paul Jun 22 '15 at 6:03
  • your example dosn't hang, but it needs in fact of ngrid=50 50, a lot of time for the calculations. However, in the end there is a postscript error. I must have a look at it – user2478 Jun 24 '15 at 8:38
  • @Herbert: You're right, I changed it to ngrid=5 30 and it loads much faster. I must have just been impatient with my slow machine. I see the error now too; it goes away if I comment out the plansepare line. I've seen this error before when fooling around and using a plane that doesn't intersect the surface at all, but that shouldn't be the case this time. – Paul Jun 25 '15 at 0:56

Don't know if you are looking for something like this:


    \psset{lightsrc=viewpoint,viewpoint=100 30 40 rtp2xyz,Decran=100}
    \psSolid[object=grille,base=-4 4 -4 4,ngrid=8](0,0,-1)
    \psSolid[object=cylindre,range=0 6.28,h=5,function=G9,axe=0 0 1,
             incolor=green!50,fillcolor=yellow!50,linewidth=0.01,ngrid=10 72](0,-3,0)
             ngrid=5 36](0,3,0)
    \psSolid[object=plan,definition=equation,opacity=0.5,args={[0 1 1 -5] 180},
             planmarks,plangrid,base=-2 2 -2 2,showBase]
    \psSolid[object=cylindre,range=0 6.28,h=5,function=G9,axe=0 0 1,
             incolor=green!50,fillcolor=yellow!50,plansepare={[0 1 1 -5]},
             linewidth=0.01,ngrid=10 72]

enter image description here

  • YES, the plansepare command is exactly what I was looking for. I notice that you use a pre-defined cylinder function. do you know if it will work for general parametric surfaces? I included some code in an edit above; without the plansepare and name parameters it works just fine, but with them it seems to get hung up indefinitely. I get no errors, it just doesn't finish compiling. – Paul Jun 23 '15 at 20:58

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