[Numpy-discussion] Beginner Needing Help with Installation
dwf at cs.toronto.edu
Thu Nov 19 18:32:46 EST 2009
On 19-Nov-09, at 5:41 PM, Scot Denhalter wrote:
> Yes, I am using the Snow Leopard OSX. Should I be coding through
> the Xcode
> interface and not Python's IDLE shell?
Using the Xcode IDE is not necessary and probably far from optimal for
what you're doing; however Xcode installs all of the command line
tools (gcc, g++, make) that are typically needed to build packages.
> You distinguish between system wide installation and user
> installation. You
> may have seen from my post to Eric, that I found and installed .dmg
> downloads for numpy and matplotlib. I have tried to figure out
> where these
> installed themselves, but I haven't found them in the user folder.
> I assume
> they have been installed system wide. Is this going to be a problem?
The DMGs install in system-wide directories, /Library/Frameworks/
guessing. The --user stuff should be used if you are installing
against the Python that Apple ships with OS X. They also ship an old &
crusty version of NumPy, I think.
Unless Apple has relocated their Python install for 10.6 (it used to
be in /System) it looks like you downloaded Python from Python.org
since it's in /Library, in which case Pierre's fears about messing up
the system install aren't a problem.
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