[SciPy-user] What it the best way to install on a Mac?
robert.kern at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 18:27:51 CST 2007
> I've been mostly lurking here for quite a while and am thinking I
> should get some stuff installed and see what all the excitement is
> about. I can't help but notice that some of the posts are about
> installation problems on various platforms. I also recall (I think)
> that someone was keeping an up-to-date installer for the Mac.
Probably Chris Fonnesbeck's Scipy Superpack.
> If so,
> is this a "proper" Mac installer?
Yes, however, the last release of it was improperly compiled, IIRC.
> Or can I install from Fink or
> another package-manager-type place?
I don't recommend it. Both the Python interpreter and numpy/scipy/matplotlib
tend to be broken in various ways in both Fink and MacPorts.
> I recall some discussion about
> PyLab (?) or the like which included all the SciPy stuff and plotters
> and that sounds like the way to go.
pylab is a particular module distributed with matplotlib exposing a particular
interface to its plotting capabilities. It has nothing to do with scipy.
> I'm mainly hoping for a low-
> hassle installation so that I can get to the good stuff fast.
Learn to build from source. Because of the dependency on FORTRAN runtime
libraries, this is the lowest-hassle method.
"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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