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From: Chris Rodgers <xrodgers@gm...>  20110505 19:54:33

Hi Whenever I create figures with at least 3x3 subplots, the xtick labels overlap with each other and they also overlap with the title of the adjacent subplot, rendering the entire figure illegible. I know that I can finetune the plot to look exactly the way I want with "wspace" and "hspace" for instance, but I don't understand why this is the default behavior. I wonder if I have a system font issue, such that matplotlib thinks the fonts are smaller than they really are. My questions: 1) Is this the intended behavior of matplotlib, or is there something wrong with my installation? 2) Assuming I don't have an installation issue, is there a very general parameter I can change so that the overlap doesn't occur, rather than manually adjusting every figure? Minimal code to reproduce the problem: import numpy as np import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.figure() plt.subplot(331) plt.subplot(334) plt.plot(np.arange(10000)) plt.title('Title') plt.show() I'm attaching the output figure, although I'm not sure if the list accepts attachments. The xtick labels on subplot 334 overlap each other, and the title of subplot 334 overlaps with the xtick labels in subplot 331. System: Ubuntu 10.04 x64 All packages are the stable versions from Synaptic, including ipython, python, numpy, matplotlib 0.99.1.1 I've also tried the Enthought distribution with matplotlib 1.0.1 and the results are the same I've tried both "Wx" and "Tk" backends and the results are the same I've tried `matplotlib.rcParams['xtick.labelsize'] = 'xsmall'`, and this does make the labels smaller, but for sufficiently large numbers the overlap still occurs. Thanks for any help! Chris 