In this section we will be giving several examples of typical usage of GMT programs. In general, we will start with a raw data set, manipulate the numbers in various ways, then display the results in diagram or map view. The resulting plots will have in common that they are all made up of simpler plots that have been overlaid to create a complex illustration. We will mostly follow the following format:
A detailed discussion of each command is not given; we refer you to the manual pages for command line syntax, etc. We encourage you to run these scripts for yourself. See Appendix D if you would like an electronic version of all the shell-scripts (both csh and sh scripts are available; only the csh-scripts are discussed here) and support data used below. Note that all examples explicitly specifies the measurement units, so although we use inches you should be able to run these scripts and get the same plots even if you have cm as the default measure unit. The examples are all written to be ``quiet'', that is no information is echoed to the screen. Thus, these scripts are well suited for background execution. Note that we also end each script by cleaning up after ourselves. Because awk is broken as designed on some systems, and nawk is not available on others we refer to $AWK in the scripts below; the do_examples scripts will set this when running all examples.