can't import pylab


I've just compiled and installed matplotlib 0.71. When I tried some of the
example scripts I found that they all segfault. It's "from pylab import *"
that does it. I'm working on linux.

Here is the output. I have VERBOSE set to true in and there is more
output than I'm showing here.
python -c 'from pylab import *'
font search path ['/usr/share/matplotlib']
Segmentation fault

If I use gdb to get a stack trace
(gdb) where
#0 0x408059e9 in FT_Get_Postscript_Name (face=0x8170e98) at ftobjs.c:2457
#1 0x407aa61f in FT2Font (this=0x80f7d60, facefile=
        {static npos = 4294967295, _M_dataplus = {<allocator<char>> = {<No
data fields>}, _M_p = 0x814ebb4 "/usr/share/matplotlib/VeraIt.ttf"}, static
_S_empty_rep_storage = {0, 0, 0, 0}}) at src/ft2font.cpp:96
#2 0x407b5ded in ft2font_module::new_ft2font(Py::Tuple const&)
(this=0x811b300, args=@0x20) at Objects.hxx:456
#3 0x407bf1ef in
const&, Py::Tuple const&) (
    this=0x811b300, name=@0xbfff8e70, args=@0x60) at Extensions.hxx:283
#4 0x407c960e in method_varargs_call_handler
(_self_and_name_tuple=0x40858e10, _args=0x4078de8c)
    at CXX/cxx_extensions.cxx:1238

As this problem looks font related I should mention that there are two
versions of freetype2 on my system (Suse 9.0). one in /usr/lib that came with
my system, and one in /usr/local that I installed myself. I unistalled the
headerfiles and static libs of the one which came with the system. The run
time linker is finding the new one, so matplot is compiling and linking
against the same version.

If someone can give me a clue about this I would be very happy.