Problem with ylims in Plots

I have problems with the ylims option of plots, in particular when i want to crop very big values of the input vector MWE:

julia> versioninfo()
Julia Version 1.5.0
Commit 96786e22cc (2020-08-01 23:44 UTC)
Platform Info:
  OS: Windows (x86_64-w64-mingw32)
  CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz
  LIBM: libopenlibm
  LLVM: libLLVM-9.0.1 (ORCJIT, haswell)

(@v1.5) pkg> status Plots
Status `C:\Users\Dictino\.julia\environments\v1.5\Project.toml`
  [91a5bcdd] Plots v1.5.8

julia> using Plots

julia> gr()

julia> plot([1,2,3,10^17],ylims=(0,10))

Works perfectly



julia> plot([1,2,3,10^18],ylims=(0,10))

Plots nothing:


Without the ylims it also works fine.

Is there an overflow or some other bug when applying the ylims? which is the better way to do this?

I have a workarround, just saturate the values of the vector before plotting… But I’m curious why it does not work and if it exists a better option to solve this.


try update Plots.jl? it looks the same for me in both cases

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Thanks for the advice!

I’ve created a new test environment with Plots v1.7.3 but I have the same issue…

not sure what’s the exact issue then, I’m on v1.7.3 as well and I can see the second plot

you may want to make sure you’re actually plotting with that version though

I use Julia 1.4.2 on my home computer. If I add the ylims keyword, nothing is plotted whether I use 10^17 or 10^18 – when I use the gr() back-end.

If I switch to the pyplot() back-end, the plot is displayed, even when I add the ylims keyword.

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Thanks, @BLI
It also works with Plotly for me, mabye is a GR bug…

How can I do it?

This is what I did on a fresh REPL:

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   _ _   _| |_  __ _   |  Type "?" for help, "]?" for Pkg help.
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  | | |_| | | | (_| |  |  Version 1.5.0 (2020-08-01)
 _/ |\__'_|_|_|\__'_|  |  Official release
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julia> mkdir("test")

julia> cd("test")

(@v1.5) pkg> activate .
 Activating new environment at `C:\Users\Dictino\test\Project.toml`

(test) pkg> add Plots
   Updating registry at `C:\Users\Dictino\.julia\registries\General`
  Resolving package versions...
Updating `C:\Users\Dictino\test\Project.toml`
  [91a5bcdd] + Plots v1.7.3
Updating `C:\Users\Dictino\test\Manifest.toml`
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(test) pkg> status Plots
Status `C:\Users\Dictino\test\Project.toml`
  [91a5bcdd] Plots v1.7.3

julia> using Plots

julia> plot([1,2,3,10^18],ylims=(0,10))

And nothing is displayed on the plot.

“activate” does not de-activate your home environment, sometimes this causes error

Ups, then I misunderstood how activate works…
I guessed that activating this test environment will enforce julia to use Plots v1.7.3.

What else can I do to know for sure what version of Plots I’m using?

Now I’m sure that I was using Plots v1.7.3 (I just remove the other versions from the packages folder)
I will post an issue on Plots.jl.
Thank you for your help @jling and @BLI!