[AstroPy] DISLIN

Tom Loredo loredo at astro.cornell.edu
Thu Dec 2 17:22:40 CST 2004

> Nothing is keeping me from trying out matplotlib other than inertia. 
> It needs enough extra packages that I've been too lazy to go through 
> the build process. (it may be available via fink but I'm not using 
> it; I've tried it a few times but have always gotten disgusted and 
> ditched it. I strongly prefer manual building for packages I *need*, 
> but fink does have the benefit of allowing one to easily check out 
> potentially interesting stuff.)

I used Fink for some things when I was using Jaguar, but since
switching to Panther I've found all that I needed either available
or easy to build.  In particular, matplotlib has built painlessly
for me on Panther, using Apple's built-in Python.  If you're
using Panther, I don't think you'll find it difficult to give
matplotlib a try.  If you're using Jaguar---trust me, it's
worth the investment to upgrade to Panther!  I spent many days
trying to get SciPy and other things to build under Jaguar, and
even the macpython-digest gurus couldn't get me through it.  It
was all very straightforward with Panther.

I haven't installed the newest matplotlib yet (will very soon),
but the previous version had problems with the wx backend.  But
you don't need to install wx at all to use the Tk backend.  Just
install Apple's TclTkAqua (also painless, and you really should
have it for all the Tkinter stuff).

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