# [Quantian-general] scipy problems

**Dirk Eddelbuettel
**
edd@debian.org

*Wed, 3 Mar 2004 19:41:32 -0600*

Hi Ulf,
On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 02:13:49AM +0100, Ulf Lorenz wrote:
>* Hi,
*>*
*>* we wanted to use Quantian for a course in computational physics.
*>* Although all lecturers have intensively lobbied for Linux, some people
*>* still need some advocacy. So beside a windows CD for the real windows
*>* users we wanted to supply the participants with an easy-to-use Linux
*>* distribution. :)
*
:*)
*
>* However, one small problem. I have just booted quantian another time and
*>* found out that this problem isn't as, ehm, problematic as I thought on
*>* my first try. Imagine the following commands in the python prompt:
*>*
*>* >>> import scipy
*>* >>> import scipy.xplt
*>* >>> from scipy import *
*>* >>> from scipy.xplt import *
*>*
*>* >>> x = scipy.arange(10) #just to create an array
*>*
*>* >>> scipy.xplt.plg(x) #works
*>* >>> plg(x) #works
*>* >>> xplt.plg(x) #doesn't work, some errors with "cannot
*>* import ..."
*>*
*>* Since the homework relies on scipy.xplt excessively, this is not really
*>* great. Just now I have found out that the first two cases (which I
*>* hadn't tested before) work, so this problem is not critical as one could
*>* tell the people to use xplt _this_ way, but it is a bit ... dirty.
*>*
*>* I haven't dug much more apart from the "this shouldn't happen"
*>* enlightment and will have a deeper look tomorrow, but I wanted to
*>* send this mail as soon as possible just to inform you. Maybe we will
*>* have some further requests later on. :)
*
I can't really help on this as I don't actively use SciPy, but I will CC
this to Jose who may have an idea.
Jose: Thanks for repository. I use it to augment the Quantian live cdrom I
am providing (http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian) which contain knoppix
plus openMosix extensions plus a host of scientifc software (some of which I
maintain for Debian), plus a few from you. As you can see in Ulf's email,
he has questions. Could you comment on this? Are there workarounds?
>* Ulf
*>*
*>* BTW: Could you CC the mail to me? I am not inscribed to the list yet
*>* (maybe later).
*
Sure.
Regards, Dirk
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