[Numpy-discussion] numpy docs dependency problem in Ubuntu

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Feb 17 18:11:57 EST 2011

On Feb 11, 2011, at 01:57 PM, Robert Kern wrote:

>If you are going to do an Ubuntu-only fix, would that allow using our
>prebuilt doc packages? IIRC, the only objection to that was that it was
>Debian policy to build docs from sources. But then again, that might have
>just been the first objection.

Probably not.  We'd want to build the docs from source just like Debian

I thought of perhaps a middle ground.  We leave the python-numpy source
package as it currently is, providing a python-numpy-doc binary package that
disables the matplotlib extension.  We'd add a new Ubuntu-only universe
package that built, e.g. python-numpy-doc-complete which could include the
matplotlib extension.  It might be tricky to work out the exact details, since
a naive approach would have file conflicts.  (E.g. could add a binary package
conflict or install the docs into a different location).

I don't know that I'll get to this for Natty, but in any case, this bug is
tracking the issue:


Thanks everyone for your input.
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