Installing modules (SciPy) without root permission.
jacek.generowicz at cern.ch
Mon Aug 5 12:08:32 CEST 2002
A while ago I introduced someone (who occasionally wrote some Fortran,
and maybe plotted some results with matlab) to Python, as a means of
making efficient use of a computer. The experiment seems to have been
successful, because I am now being asked for advice on doing some more
things in python.
I think that SciPy would be useful at this point, but it is not
available on the machines where we might be working ... this brings me
to observe two points:
1) I often find myself in an environment where the local python
installation does not have a module I wish to use (usually
Numeric), and where I do not have write access to the python
Is there a way to add such modules without re-installing python in
my own space ?
2) I have been meaning to check-out SciPy for a while now, but the
installation process seems almost fractal; each required package
itself requires some packages, each of which requires ... :-) As
SciPy is not essential to me, I have not been sufficiently
motivated to coplete this process (my strongest effort ground to a
halt with gtk incompatibiliy problems, IIRC).
Is installing SciPy really as painful as it seems ? (If so, is
there any hope that it will become easier ?)
If I am to convince my (reluctant computer user) friend that using
SciPy might be a good idea, the whole process can't start by wasting a
whole afternoon (day, week ...) on merely installing it (something
which he would have to do "back home").
I'd appreciate useful suggestions ...
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