matplotlib installation

David Cournapeau cournape at
Fri Jun 12 09:54:14 EDT 2009

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 9:50 PM, Jean-Paul Calderone<exarkun at> wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:33:36 GMT, Alan G Isaac <alan.isaac at> wrote:
>> On 6/12/2009 5:55 AM Virgil Stokes apparently wrote:
>>> Any suggestions on installing matplotlib for Python 2.6.2 on a Windows
>>> Vista platform?
>> Maintainers for some packages have run into a wall
>> compiling for 2.6.  Matplotlib is one of these:
>> Another package I care about is SimpleParse, which also
>> found compiling for 2.6 to be impossible.  I do not know
>> if this was the same problem or not, but it means that
>> SimpleParse is *still* not available as an installer for 2.6.
>> I assume this is of great concern to the Python community,
>> but I do not know where the discussion is taking place.
> Some discussion has occurred in the issue tracker:
> In general, the people responsible for how CPython builds on Windows
> don't seem to consider this an issue.

We got the same problem with numpy.  The good news is it is solvable
(at least partially).

Basically, there are some functions which are erroneously "declared"
in the .lib, but they don't actually exist in the MS C runtime. We
detect when the .C code is built under mingw, and add an hack to
redirect the function to the "real" function, _ftime64 (see around
line 75).



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