Hi people,

I'm new to unix, python and matplotlib. I've had trouble installing matplotlib. The machine I'm on is running solaris. I tried installing it on my friend's ubuntu box and it worked basically immediately. After some effort I managed to get it to compile and install on solaris.

In python as root when I type "from pylab import *" I get this error:
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ImportError: ld.so.1: python: fatal: relocation error: file /opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/_path.so: symbol __1c2N6FI_pv_: referenced symbol not found
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As my normal account I get this:
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Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "test.py", line 1, in <module>
    from pylab import *
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/pylab.py", line 1, in <module>
    from matplotlib.pylab import *
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/__init__.py", line 677, in <module>
    rcParams = rc_params()
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/__init__.py", line 598, in rc_params
    fname = matplotlib_fname()
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/__init__.py", line 548, in matplotlib_fname
    fname = os.path.join(get_configdir(), 'matplotlibrc')
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/__init__.py", line 242, in wrapper
    ret = func(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/opt/csw/lib/python/site-packages/matplotlib/__init__.py", line 435, in _get_configdir
    raise RuntimeError("'%s' is not a writable dir; you must set %s/.matplotlib to be a writable dir.  You can also set environment variable MPLCONFIGDIR to any writable directory where you want matplotlib data stored "% (h, h))
RuntimeError: '/local/host/home/mctran' is not a writable dir; you must set /local/host/home/mctran/.matplotlib to be a writable dir.  You can also set environment variable MPLCONFIGDIR to any writable directory where you want matplotlib data stored
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when I tried to set MPLCONFIGDIR to a directory, I got the earlier error. I tried recompiling and reinstalling to no avail.

I searched on the mailing list for anything like this, but there were no hits. Any ideas how I can fix this?