Compiling matplotlib from Ports in FreeBSD is a Joke! Who
> ever made this get t together. I don't want every X based
> lib on the planet just so I can make some images (on a cli
> based system).
Sorry for your troubles. Packaging matplotlib is kind of hard,
because there are lots of optional packages, including almost every
popular GUI toolkit and TeX. If you are unhappy with the choices your
packager has made you should consider compiling from source. It
shouldn't be too hard on a BSD system.