Hi

Whenever I create figures with at least 3x3 subplots, the x-tick

labels overlap with each other and they also overlap with the title of

the adjacent subplot, rendering the entire figure illegible. I know

that I can fine-tune the plot to look exactly the way I want with

"wspace" and "hspace" for instance, but I don't understand why this is

the default behavior. I wonder if I have a system font issue, such

that matplotlib thinks the fonts are smaller than they really are.

My questions:

1) Is this the intended behavior of matplotlib, or is there something

wrong with my installation?

2) Assuming I don't have an installation issue, is there a very

general parameter I can change so that the overlap doesn't occur,

rather than manually adjusting every figure?

Minimal code to reproduce the problem:

import numpy as np

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.figure()

plt.subplot(331)

plt.subplot(334)

plt.plot(np.arange(10000))

plt.title('Title')

plt.show()

I'm attaching the output figure, although I'm not sure if the list

accepts attachments. The x-tick labels on subplot 334 overlap each

other, and the title of subplot 334 overlaps with the x-tick labels in

subplot 331.

System:

Ubuntu 10.04 x64

All packages are the stable versions from Synaptic, including ipython,

python, numpy, matplotlib 0.99.1.1

I've also tried the Enthought distribution with matplotlib 1.0.1 and

the results are the same

I've tried both "Wx" and "Tk" backends and the results are the same

I've tried `matplotlib.rcParams['xtick.labelsize'] = 'x-small'`, and

this does make the labels smaller, but for sufficiently large numbers

the overlap still occurs.

Thanks for any help!

Chris