[Matplotlib-users] Matplotlib 1.4.2 / 1.4.3 doesn't install from source

Thomas Caswell tcaswell at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 04:54:11 CEST 2015

The issue is that python c-extensions (which mpl uses to provide some of
the underlying rendering logic) are basically shared libraries (*.so), the
version of libstdc++ that your compiler is finding is a static library
(/usr/local/lib64/libstdc++.a) which is not suitable for linking into a
so.  Are you sure you have all the development packages installed for your

I also strongly suggest against doing `sudo python setup.py install` unless
you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing.  It is much safer to
use virtual envs / conda envs so that you can compile/install into user


On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:19 AM fbarbuto <fausto_barbuto at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have Matplotlib 1.3.1 installed on my Ubuntu 14.04 system and thought it
> was time to upgrade to 1.4.2. I never get the latest version for
> compatibility reasons (some packages that use Matplotlib might stop
> working). I then downloaded the tarball, uncompressed its contents into a
> folder and executed "sudo python setup.py build". However, I got the
> following error (last few lines only):
> c++ -pthread -shared -Wl,-O1 -Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions
> -Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions -Wl,-z,relro -fno-strict-aliasing -DNDEBUG -g
> -fwrapv -O2 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -g
> -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat
> -Werror=format-security
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/src/ft2font.o
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/src/mplutils.o
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/extern/CXX/cxxsupport.o
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/extern/CXX/cxx_extensions.o
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/extern/CXX/IndirectPythonInterface.o
> build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/extern/CXX/cxxextensions.o -L/usr/local/lib
> -L/usr/local/lib64 -lfreetype -lstdc++ -lm -o
> build/lib.linux-x86_64-2.7/matplotlib/ft2font.so
> /usr/bin/ld: /usr/local/lib64/libstdc++.a(si_class_type_info.o): relocation
> R_X86_64_32S against `_ZTVN10__cxxabiv120__si_class_type_infoE' can not be
> used when making a shared object; recompile with -fPIC
> /usr/local/lib64/libstdc++.a: error adding symbols: Bad value
> collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
> error: command 'c++' failed with exit status 1
> I then tried the same with Matplotlib 1.4.3 (why not?) and got the same
> results.
> What's going on here?
> Thanks so much for any help.
> Fausto
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