import matplotlib._png fails


Question

I have a problem getting matplotlib 1.0.0 to work in Python 2.5.2 (Ubuntu 10.04) See attached console output. Any ideas appreciated. Thanks

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jul 23 2010, 23:04:44) 
[GCC 4.4.3] on linux2
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>>> import numpy
>>> import scipy
>>> import matplotlib
>>> print matplotlib.__version__
1.0.0
>>> print numpy.__version__     
1.4.1
>>> print scipy.__version__
0.8.0rc3

>>> from pylab import *
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/pylab.py", line 1, in <module>
    from matplotlib.pylab import *
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/pylab.py", line 216, in <module>
    from matplotlib import mpl  # pulls in most modules
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/mpl.py", line 2, in <module>
    from matplotlib import axis
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/axis.py", line 14, in <module>
    import matplotlib.text as mtext
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/text.py", line 31, in <module>
    from matplotlib.backend_bases import RendererBase
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/backend_bases.py", line 41, in <module>
    import matplotlib.textpath as textpath
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/textpath.py", line 9, in <module>
    from matplotlib.mathtext import MathTextParser
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/mathtext.py", line 52, in <module>
    import matplotlib._png as _png
ImportError: libpng14.so.14: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
>>> 

July 27,01:05 A rebuild of matlibplot gives:

sudo python setup.py build

basedirlist is: ['/usr/local', '/usr']
============================================================================
BUILDING MATPLOTLIB
            matplotlib: 1.0.0
                python: 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jul 23 2010, 23:04:44)  [GCC
                        4.4.3]
              platform: linux2

REQUIRED DEPENDENCIES
                 numpy: 1.4.1
             freetype2: 11.1.5

OPTIONAL BACKEND DEPENDENCIES
                libpng: 1.4.3
               Tkinter: no
                        * TKAgg requires Tkinter
              wxPython: no
                        * wxPython not found
                  Gtk+: no
                        * Building for Gtk+ requires pygtk; you must be able
                        * to "import gtk" in your build/install environment
       Mac OS X native: no
                    Qt: no
                   Qt4: no
                 Cairo: no

OPTIONAL DATE/TIMEZONE DEPENDENCIES
              datetime: present, version unknown
              dateutil: 1.5
                  pytz: 2010h

OPTIONAL USETEX DEPENDENCIES
                dvipng: no
           ghostscript: 8.71
                 latex: no
               pdftops: 0.12.4

[Edit setup.cfg to suppress the above messages]
============================================================================
pymods ['pylab']
packages ['matplotlib', 'matplotlib.backends', 'matplotlib.backends.qt4_editor', 'matplotlib.projections', 'matplotlib.testing', 'matplotlib.testing.jpl_units', 'matplotlib.tests', 'mpl_toolkits', 'mpl_toolkits.mplot3d', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid1', 'mpl_toolkits.axisartist', 'matplotlib.sphinxext', 'matplotlib.numerix', 'matplotlib.numerix.mlab', 'matplotlib.numerix.ma', 'matplotlib.numerix.linear_algebra', 'matplotlib.numerix.random_array', 'matplotlib.numerix.fft', 'matplotlib.tri', 'matplotlib.delaunay']
running build
running build_py
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlibrc -> build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlib.conf -> build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data
running build_ext



sudo python setup.py install
basedirlist is: ['/usr/local', '/usr']
============================================================================
BUILDING MATPLOTLIB
            matplotlib: 1.0.0
                python: 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jul 23 2010, 23:04:44)  [GCC
                        4.4.3]
              platform: linux2

REQUIRED DEPENDENCIES
                 numpy: 1.4.1
             freetype2: 11.1.5

OPTIONAL BACKEND DEPENDENCIES
                libpng: 1.4.3
               Tkinter: no
                        * TKAgg requires Tkinter
              wxPython: no
                        * wxPython not found
                  Gtk+: no
                        * Building for Gtk+ requires pygtk; you must be able
                        * to "import gtk" in your build/install environment
       Mac OS X native: no
                    Qt: no
                   Qt4: no
                 Cairo: no

OPTIONAL DATE/TIMEZONE DEPENDENCIES
              datetime: present, version unknown
              dateutil: 1.5
                  pytz: 2010h

OPTIONAL USETEX DEPENDENCIES
                dvipng: no
           ghostscript: 8.71
                 latex: no
               pdftops: 0.12.4

[Edit setup.cfg to suppress the above messages]
============================================================================
pymods ['pylab']
packages ['matplotlib', 'matplotlib.backends', 'matplotlib.backends.qt4_editor', 'matplotlib.projections', 'matplotlib.testing', 'matplotlib.testing.jpl_units', 'matplotlib.tests', 'mpl_toolkits', 'mpl_toolkits.mplot3d', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid1', 'mpl_toolkits.axisartist', 'matplotlib.sphinxext', 'matplotlib.numerix', 'matplotlib.numerix.mlab', 'matplotlib.numerix.ma', 'matplotlib.numerix.linear_algebra', 'matplotlib.numerix.random_array', 'matplotlib.numerix.fft', 'matplotlib.tri', 'matplotlib.delaunay']
running install
running build
running build_py
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlibrc -> build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlib.conf -> build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data
running build_ext
running install_lib
copying build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlibrc -> /usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/mpl-data
copying build/lib.linux-i686-2.5/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlib.conf -> /usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/mpl-data
running install_egg_info
Removing /usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib-1.0.0-py2.5.egg-info
Writing /usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib-1.0.0-py2.5.egg-info
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3/31/2013 5:32:39 PM

Accepted Answer

You should check your LD_LIBRARY_PATH environnment variable and check that your libpng is in it.

The problem reported by python is a problem of dynamic loading : Nothing to see with the recompilation of matplotlib.

So :

  1. Find the location of libpng.14.so with :

    $> locate libpng.14.so

    Note that the file must have the exact name so you may have to create a symbolic link if for example you have libpng.14.so.0 or something like that (Usually the symbolic links are automatically created when you install your lib

    If you don't have any libpng.14.so.something or libpng.14.so, you may need to reinstall libpng 1.4 (with your package manager or directly from the sources)

  2. Check $LD_LIBRARY_PATH. Change it if you need with :

    $> export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=anewDir:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

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7/29/2010 9:05:09 AM

I had a similar problem with py27-matplotlib from macports. After trying a bunch of things, I noticed that I had an old version of _png.so from matplotlib 1.10 in my site packages. The so linked against libpng14 rather than the newer version I have installed.

After removing the old (unused!) _png.so, running port uninstall/clean py27-matplotlib and a fresh build, the correct libpng was linked and ipython/pylab worked again.


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