pylab package dependencies

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Oct 17 23:40:27 CEST 2006

Lou Pecora wrote:
> In article <mailman.654.1161110013.11739.python-list at>,
>  Robert Kern <robert.kern at> wrote:
>> Lou Pecora wrote:
>>> The only problem I'm having is getting ipython to run.  Not installed in 
>>> /usr/local/bin (although all other IPython files look to be installed in 
>>> /Library/Framewaorks/python..blah/site-packages).  I'm still searching 
>>> the web sites for answers.
>> Create a file ~/.pydistutils.cfg with the following section (unindented):
>>    [install]
>>    install-scripts=/usr/local/bin
>> Now install ipython again, and the ipython script should be installed to 
>> /usr/local/bin/. You may need to be root to do so.
>> For more information on that configuration file:
> I assume you are telling me to install ipython from a tar distribution 
> using setup etc.  I originally installed it from the SciPy Super Pack 
> which apparently put in the site packages, but neglected the script in 
> /usr/local/bin.  Sound right?

Indeed. The SuperPack is broken and does not contain the ipython script. It also 
puts the documentation in the wrong place.

ipython is a pure-Python package and easy to install from source.

> On the ipython web site for MacOS X it says to do the following after 
> the install using python etc. in the extracted directories,
> python��install_scripts�--install-dir=/usr/local/bin
> Is that what you are suggesting with the pydistutils.cfg ?  

Yes, it does the same thing, only it will apply to all packages (probably what 
you want) and you only have to do it once instead of remembering to do it every 

Robert Kern

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