[Numpy-discussion] Binary releases

Pauli Virtanen pav at iki.fi
Mon Sep 16 13:54:00 EDT 2013

16.09.2013 16:31, William Ray Wing kirjoitti:
> If you will forgive an observation from a Mac user and (amateur) developer.
> I have twice tried to build Numpy from source and both times failed.
> The problem was that I couldn't find a single comprehensive set of
> directions that started from a virgin system (nothing but
> Apple's python and Xcode) and proceed to working copies of
> Numpy (and of course Matplotlib).

The problem with OSX is that as a software development platform with
open source tools, it is simply immature. You have homebrew, macports,
fink, python.org binaries, Apple's own Python installation, proprietary
BLAS/LAPACK with its own quirks, unified multiarch binaries, and whatnot
in the mix. This makes everything more complicated to support,
especially as the situation evolves with time and "recipes" that once
worked stop working.

Pauli Virtanen

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