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The PLOT command places requests in a plotter output queue.
@PLOT (FILES) /switch(es) filespec/switch(es),...
switches are keywords, chosen from the list below,
indicating your choice of PLOT command options.
These switches are of two kinds: job switches and
Job switches apply to all files specified in the
command, no matter where you give the switches.
File switches have different effects depending on
their positions in the command line: placed
before all files in the command, they act as
defaults for all; otherwise they affect only the
nearest preceding file.
Defaults are shown in the list of switches
filespec is the specification of a file you wish to plot.
You can use wildcard characters (% and *) to
specify more than one file.
Summary of PLOT Command Switches (defaults in boldface)
(affecting the entire command)
/ACCOUNT:account Default account - your current
/AFTER:date and/or time
/FORMS:forms name Default forms name - NORMAL
/JOBNAME:6-character name Default name - first six
characters of first
filename in request
/LIMIT:n Default n - calculated from length
/PRIORITY:n Default n - 10
(affecting only the nearest preceding file,
unless placed before all filespecs)
/COPIES:n Default n - 1
/DELETE Default for files of type .LST
/PRESERVE Default for all files except those
of type .LST
PLOT Command Switches
(affecting the entire command)
/ACCOUNT:account specifies the account of 39 or
fewer characters to charge for your
plotting request. This account
must be valid for your user name.
Default account - your current
/AFTER:date and/or time, or ensures that the job will not be
plotted until after the date
of week (or TODAY) and/or time specified. NOV-12-79
and/or time and 18:00 illustrate two arguments
to this switch. If you give both
date and time, separate them with a
space. When given alone, the time
may be preceded by a plus sign (+),
which will delay processing by the
indicated length of time from the
Alternatively, you can give a day
of the week (such as MONDAY) or
TODAY as argument; then the job
will not be plotted until the
beginning of the following day. If
you follow this argument with a
plus sign and a time, the job will
be further delayed by this amount.
/DESTINATION-NODE:node-name specifies the remote node on whose
plotter your request is to be
satisfied. Two colons (::)
following the node name are
/FORMS:forms name specifies, in six or fewer
characters, the forms (determining
the size of banner, header, and
trailer sections; the paper color,
width, and weight; the number of
plotter steps per inch, location of
the origin for plotted data, and so
on) to use for the plotting job.
Using this switch may delay
processing until the operator can
mount the proper forms. Note that
your installation may provide a
different default argument to this
Default forms name - NORMAL
/GENERIC allows any plotter to be used for
filling the request; use this
switch to override a previous /UNIT
/JOBNAME:name assigns a name (of six or fewer
characters) to the plotting job.
Default name - first six
in the request
/LIMIT:n places a limit of n minutes of
plotter time on the output of the
Default limits, usually
adequate, are computed
from the size of the
files you want plotted
/NOTE:message labels the header section of output
(the section displaying the
jobname) with a message or notation
of up to 12 characters. The
message must be enclosed in double
quotation marks if it contains
spaces or non-alphanumeric
/NOTIFY:NO tells the system whether to send a
message to your terminal when the
request has been satisfied.
Default argument - NO
Default argument (if switch is
given) - YES
/PRIORITY:n assigns a number n, reflecting the
urgency of the plot request. This
n must be from 1 to 63, with larger
numbers receiving earlier
treatment. Note that for
non-privileged users the maximum
priority that can be specified is
lower (usually 20), and that your
installation may provide a
different value both for this
maximum and for the default
Default n - 10
/SEQUENCE:n specifies sequence number n for the
printing request, which you can use
when modifying or canceling the
/UNIT:octal number directs your request to the plotter
of the specified octal unit number.
/USER:user name specifies the user who is to be the
owner of the plot request. For
privileged users only.
(affecting only the nearest preceding file,
unless placed before all file specifications)
/BEGIN:n starts the plotting at page n of
Default n - 0
/COPIES:n requests that n copies of the file
be plotted; n must be less than or
equal to 62.
Default n - 1
/DELETE deletes the file after plotting.
Default for files of type .LST
/HEADER causes a header section containing
the jobname to be produced before
the file itself is plotted.
/MODE:BINARY designates the mode for plotting
IMAGE the file. ASCII treats each word
of a disk file as five seven-bit
bytes, and truncates each byte to
six bits before plotting it.
BINARY treats each word as six
six-bit bytes, each of which is
plotted without modification.
IMAGE is the same as BINARY.
/NOHEADER prevents the production of a header
section before the file.
/PRESERVE saves the file after plotting.
Default for all files except
those of type .LST
Jobname, Request ID, Limit, Number of Input Files
As soon as you complete a valid PLOT command, the system
responds by printing, on your terminal, the jobname, request
ID number, the limit in minutes of plotter time assigned to
the request, and the number of input files in the request.
Ordinary Operation - No Switches
For most purposes you can use the PLOT command with just a
series of filespecs for arguments.
Switch Defaults Set by System Manager
The defaults shown in the list of switches are correct for
most user sites. However, your system manager can change
some of those default settings. The switches most commonly
affected are: /FORMS, /HEADER and /NOHEADER, /LIMIT, and
Using SET DEFAULT PLOT
If there are switches that you always or usually supply when
using PLOT, give the SET DEFAULT PLOT command to establish
them as defaults (at the current TOPS-20 command level) for
the remainder of your terminal session. The switches will
then behave as if you had typed them directly after the
command name. You can supersede any of these default
switches by actually supplying the switch, with another
value, when you give the PLOT command. Put SET DEFAULT PLOT
into a file of specification COMAND.CMD in your log-in
directory if you want these default switches to be in effect
for all levels of future terminal sessions as well.
You can give the special switch, /SPOOLED-OUTPUT, as sole
argument to the PLOT command. This causes any spooled
output accumulated so far during your terminal session to be
placed in a plotter queue immediately, rather than at
log-out time. The/SPOOLED-OUTPUT switch is useful only if
the SET SPOOLED-OUTPUT DEFERRED command is in effect.
Programs that you run (especially FORTRAN programs) may
create spooled output for the plotter, or you can create it
directly by giving the command, COPY filespec PLT:.
CANCEL for withdrawing PLOT requests
INFORMATION OUTPUT-REQUESTS for examining requests in the
MODIFY for changing PLOT requests
before processing has begun
SET DEFAULT PLOT for establishing default
switches for subsequent PLOT
1. Plot a file.
[Plotter job CNTR queued, request-ID 91, limit 2]
2. Send all files having a four-character file type ending in
"CTH" to the plotter. Assign a jobname to the request, and
ensure they are not plotted until tomorrow. Check for the
request in the output queues, and then cancel it.
@PLOT *.CTH /JOBNAME:HATCH/AFTER:TODAY
[Job HATCH Queued, Request-ID 94, Limit 3, 3 Files]
Job Name Req# Limit User
-------- ---- ----- -----------
CNTR 91 2 LAUDERDALE
HATCH 94 3 ASHLEY /After:21-Jul-79 00:00
There are 2 jobs in the queue (none in progress)
@CANCEL PLOT 94
[1 Job canceled]