savefig and show()

Hi David, please post questions directly to the matplotlib-users list.

    > Hello -- Is it possible to save figures (I'm using the
    > .eps feature) without having to show the plots/charts
    > on the user's screen? I'd like to be able to save the
    > figures to disk without showing them on the
    > screen. Currently, it seems that the figures will not
    > save to disk, unless I issue the show() command after
    > the savefig. I'd like to eliminate having to call
    > show().

From your email, it sounds like you are using the GTK backend and
saving figures with the ps backend. If you just want to save the
figures as PS and not show them to the screen, use the ps backend
directly as described on

  > python -dPS


    import matplotlib
    from matplotlib.matlab import *

    t = arange(0.0, 3.0, 0.01)
    for i in range(1,10):
        s = sin(2*pi*i*t)
        savefig('plot%02d' % i)

In either case, there is no need to call 'show'. If you want to make
multiple figures, you need to clear them between each save, as I did
here by closing the figure.

If you really want to use the GTK backend to make PS figures without
showing the figure, there are some things that will enable this, but I
don't see any reasons to go this route. Let me know.