idle and ipython and axis

I can create plots to my hearts content in both, but when

    > I ask to rescale the plots, e.g. axis([-.2,2.4,-2,2.4]),
    > NOTHING happens to the figure drawn via IDLE, whereas the
    > command works as expected in IPython.

Are you running matplotlib in idle in "interactive" mode, as described

ipython in pylab mode automatically turns on interactive mode...