Question(s) for new MAC 10.7 User

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"Russell E. Owen" <rowen@...2756...> wrote:

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William Jennings <willimite@...287...>

> Hello mat plot lib users!
> I feel quite embarrassed that I've gone through 2 days of trying to get to
> get numpy, scipy and matplotlib all to work nice with each other. I've
> scraped through forums, stackoverflow and all the links that can bide me
> some type of logic. Yet, alas I still fail wildly with this set of errors:
> *my current status is: just did a fresh install of my lion os and haven't
> installed Xcode yet. I'm a little lost and have found only macports,
> homebrew guides online only to be a slower failure. I really need to use
> this software but I'm finding it difficult keeping straight what order and
> what I need to install.

I recommend:
- Install 64-bit Python 2.7 (the one labelled as being for
MacOS X 10.6 and later)
- Install numpy, scipy and matplotlib Mac binary with "macosx10.6" in
their names. These are available from the web sites maintained by those

Or if you want better backward compatibility (e.g. if you plan to
distribute applications) then instead you should use the 32-bit python (marked as for MacOS X 10.3 and later) and the numpy,
scipy and matplotlib Mac binary installers with "macosx10.3" in their

This sort of thing comes up often enough that I've posted a web page on
the topic, including reasons you might want to choose 32-bit or 64-bit:

-- Russell