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.