Re: [S] Brush & Spin on Sun Ultrasparc 1

Carl Gansen (
Thu, 5 Mar 1998 15:26:23 -0600

Thank you for the info. Unfortunately, Doug Johnson's reply never
made it to me or I managed to delete it before reading it.

I will look forward to hearing of a fix or work-around.

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Dear Mr. Gansen,

I checked our database, and Doug Johnson sent you the following message on
February 17, 1998 regarding your problem:

Dear Carl Gansen,

Thank you for your question:

> I have been trying to use brush & spin on our Sun sparc 140e.
> We are running Solaris SunOS 5.5.1 Generic May 1996
> and we have
> Splus Version 3.4 Release 1 for Sun SPARC, SunOS 5.3 : 1996.
> The problem that I am seeing is that as you spin the point
> cloud, the old cloud persists on the screen and is displayed
> with the new one. The screen just become a ball of points
> and you cannot see the desired information. It operates
> the same way in openlook, X11, and motif graphics windows.

This is a known bug involving S-PLUS 3.4, Solaris 2.5 and Common Desktop

"Many users have reported that 'spin()' and 'brush()' do not
erase points when the axes are rotated - leaving a blur in
the spin window. All of the users who have reported this
problem are running S-PLUS under Solaris 2.5 and Common
Desktop Environment. If they refresh the screen, all of the
old points get erased, and the point cloud is displayed

Unfortunately, we do not yet have a workaround or a fix. I have linked
your question to the bug report in our database.

I hope this helps. Please contact us here at technical support again
if you have further questions.


Doug Johnson, MS, PE
S-PLUS Technical Support Engineer

MathSoft, Inc. Email:
Data Analysis Products Division Phone: 206-283-8802
Seattle, Washington Fax: 206-283-8691


P.S. You may also find our current list of frequently asked questions
helpful for some questions, at the following address on our web site:

The new 64-page document detailing the S-PLUS 4.0 interface with
C and Fortran routines is also available from our web site now.
It is located at the following address:

We have confirmed this problem on Ultrasparc 1 3D configuration and the
problem should be fixed in a later release.

Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience that this causes you.


Julia Dryden
MathSoft Technical Support
Tel: (206) 283-8802
Fax: (206) 283-8691

On Thu, 5 Mar 1998, Carl Gansen wrote:

> Please forgive me if this a FAQ but I was unable to find anything
> in my search so far.
> I upgraded from an aging Sparc 2 to an Ultrasparc 1 with the
> "creator 3d" configuration. It is one of our current corporate
> standard configurations that we are encourged to use.
> Operating system: Sun Microsystems Inc. SunOS 5.5. Generic May 1996
> Splus: Version 3.4 Release 1 for Sun SPARC, SunOS 5.3 : 1996
> My problem is this. When I attempt to use either brush or spin
> the graphics comes up as in the past but as I attempt to rotate
> the point cloud in any axis the old point locations persist along
> with the new ones being drawn leaving me with a confusing ball of points
> on the screen. I e-mailed and phoned but have
> received only an automated e-mail reply but no solution after a couple
> weeks. Brush & spin worked on the old Sparc 2. I do not recall the
> Sun OS on the Sparc 2 but the Splus package is the same.
> Am I the only one having this problem? Has anybody seen and cured
> this? I would appreciate any info or suggestions.
> Thanks in advance for any replies.
> Carl Gansen
> Rosemount Inc.
> Phone 612-828-3062
> Fax 612-828-3611
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