[SciPy-user] SciPy on OS X installation problem: ImportError: No module named scipy_distutils

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Sun Oct 23 08:12:21 CDT 2005

Michael Williams wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to install SciPy on OS X. I'm following a combination of the  
> instructions on these two pages:
>      http://www.physics.ucf.edu/~mdj/MacpythonScipyGnuplot.html
>      http://www.scipy.org/documentation/Members/fonnesbeck/osx_build.txt
> I'm running OS X 10.4 and have previously upgraded from Tiger's stock  
> Python 2.3.5 to Python 2.4.1 using Bob Ippolito's MacPython installer:
>      http://bob.pythonmac.org/archives/2005/03/31/macpython-241- 
> installer/
> Most of the steps described on the two guides work as advertised.  
> However, I had a warning while building FFTW (described below), and a  
> show-stopping failure in SciPy's setup.py build.
> I checked SciPy out from SVN around twelve hours ago. When building I  
> get the following error:
>>~/Desktop/scipy mike$ python setup.py build
>>Traceback (most recent call last):
>>  File "setup.py", line 47, in ?
>>    import scipy_distutils
>>ImportError: No module named scipy_distutils

Install the trunk of scipy_core first.


Note, that this is not the scipy_core that we are currently developing
as the replacement for Numeric. That development is taking place on a

Robert Kern
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