Partly in response to a post asking what apps users use…
I installed 11.2 milestone 4 a few weeks ago, overall it works quite well. I use python for some numerical scientific work. Some packages, namely numpy, scipy, matplotlib, are not in the standard opensuse repos.
From searching the build service, these things seem to be in either the Education or Science … what do I call them, repos? factories?
Either way, from the Ed. repo I could install numpy and scipy, but matplotlib required the package “python-numeric.” This sounds like a red herring - numpy should take care of this. There’s no option in the yast dialog to ignore it. I posted this as a bug to something that seemed specific to the Ed. repo, but never got a reply. I forget where I posted it.
Anyway, I added the Science repo and can do matplotlib. It works! I tried running a python script that uses some spline interpolation routines, loaded with:
from scipy.interpolate import splrep, splev
I get an error relating to lapack, which you can essentially get with:
from scipy import linalg
The error is:
ImportError: /usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/scipy/linalg/clapack.so: undefined symbol: clapack_sgesv
The first time I got this, I found out from yast that lapacklib was installed, but not lapack itself. I installed lapack. No difference.
Perhaps there’s a “real bug,” or lapack needs to be installed before scipy is?
Either way, help w/ these issues would be appreciated.