subplots and forked show()

Which backend are you using? Chris Fuller submitted a tk widget for

  > just this purpose -
  > http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=8901913. It
  > would be fairly easy to port to other GUIs. It"s on the list of things
  > to do, but I haven"t had time. Other than that, your best option is
  > to manually set the axes size, eg using the "axes" command or calling

the fig_layout.py module is quite agnostic w.r.t. backend, the included demo
(layout_demo.py) is where TkAgg is invoked. The only dependency is on the figure
object itself, so there should be no problem using this functionality with any
backend. The embedded documentation should get you started.

You may need to use matlab.gcf() to get this figure object, if you are not using
the object oriented interface (for instance, interactively)

Chris