[PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] Numeric Python 1.0 Beta 2 is available
Thu, 20 Mar 1997 10:28:06 -0800
David Ascher writes:
> > Part of the problem is that NumPy installs its Python modules in a
> > special subdirectory of the Python standard library. Although I like
> > this feature, it is not strictly necessary (the subdirectory does
> > not provide a separater "namespace"), and it causes a significant
> > part of the installation trouble. Should we perhaps drop it for now?
> I've found that all I need to do is to add NumPy to the main Makefile's
> LIBSUBDIRS variable, follow the instructions in NumPy/INSTALL, and it
> works fine. What are the other problems?
It all works if you follow the instructions and are willing to rebuild
your python with a modified search directroy list. Many people have
had problems with the search path being wrong however, if they build
the extension seperately, and install the .py files under .../numpy.
Again, I regard this as a central shortcoming of Python. The system
used in TeX/LaTeX seems a lot better to me, where directory search
paths are specified effectively as being "rooted at" some place, and
all subdirectories of that are searched. If python worked like that,
I think many of the installation problems would go away. However,
this really doesn't have much to do with Numpy per se, except as a
proxy for the general python extension module.
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