John, thanks for your suggestion. I would never have thought

> of looking for the cause of the problem in that

> direction. However, it isn't solved yet. The verbose mode

> yielded the line "numerix Numeric 23.7", which is apparently

> wrong. Actually I am trying to use SciPy, which I've heard

> is based on NumPy, so I believe this numerix thing should be

> connected with NumPy. I copied the file

> http://matplotlib.sf.net/matplotlibrc to

> ~/.matplotlib/matplotlibrc (such a file didn't exist) and

> now I get a new kind of error (see below). Do you (or

> anyone) have an idea what this is about? Thanks in advance!

I'm sorry this is so frustrating -- it is certainly frustrating for

me. The problem is that matplotlib is trying to support three array

packages (Numeric, numarray and numpy) and numpy itself is a fast

moving target so if you don't have exactly the right numpy with

exactly the right scipy with exactly the right matplotlib it is

unlikely to work.

I suggest either the latest release of all three, or the latest svn of

all three. I notice from your output that you have 0.87.3 which is

several releases behind. Try getting numpy 1.0 and matplotlib 0.87.7.

Good luck!

JDH