installing numpy

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Wed May 10 03:02:43 CEST 2006

Raymond L. Buvel wrote:

> Since you are a new Linux user, you should definitely follow Robert's
> advice about building as an ordinary user separately from the install.
> I sometimes take a shortcut and just do the install as user root.
> However, I then wind up cleaning out the build directory as user root
> (not a very safe thing to do).

For small, pure Python packages, that may be fine. numpy's build is complicated
enough that you really, *really* want to build as a regular user.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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