[Numpy-discussion] matplotlib is breaking numpy
Thu Nov 19 12:35:36 CST 2009
Yeah, I tried that.
Here's what I'm doing. I have an application which displays different
dataset which a user selects from a drop down list. I want to overwrite the
existing plot with a new one. I've tried deleting just about everything get
matplotlib to let go of my data!
On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 10:30 AM, John Hunter <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Nov 19, 2009, at 11:57 AM, Robert Kern <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:52, Mathew Yeates <email@example.com>
> > wrote:
> >> There is definitely something wrong with matplotlib/numpy. Consider
> >> the
> >> following
> >>> from numpy import *
> >>> mydata=memmap('map.dat',dtype=float64,mode='w+',shape=56566500)
> >>> del mydata
> >> I can now remove the file map.dat with (from the command line) $rm
> >> map.dat
> >> However
> >> If I plot mydata before the line
> >>> del mydata
> >> I can't get rid of the file until I exit python!!
> >> Does matplotlib keep a reference to the data?
> > Almost certainly.
> >> How can I remove this
> >> reference?
> > Probably by deleting the plot objects that were created and close all
> > matplotlib windows referencing the data. If you are using IPython, you
> > should know that many of the returned objects are kept in Out, so you
> > will need to clear that. There might be some more places internal to
> > matplotlib, I don't know.
> Closing the figure window containg the data *should* be enough. In
> pylab/pyplot, this also triggers a call to gc.collect.
> > With some care, you can use gc.get_referrers() to find the objects
> > that are holding direct references to your memmap.
> > --
> > Robert Kern
> > "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
> > enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
> > though it had an underlying truth."
> > -- Umberto Eco
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