problem importing ft2font

Hi Gerry, I just noticed a similar "failure" when I try to

    > run matplotlib from the root of the source tree, i.e. the
    > directory matplotlib-0.53. I think doing that (running from
    > the root) causes Python to interpret the matplotlib
    > subdirectory (matplotlib-0.53/matplotlib) as a package and
    > to look for there rather than in
    > site-packages/matplotlib. Try cd'ing to some other
    > directory.

Oh yes, that is the very likely culprit. It needs to be a FAQ.

Good thinking!