~/.matplotlib owned by root makes life with Python difficult

Philip Semanchuk philip at semanchuk.com
Thu Oct 28 01:52:32 UTC 2010

On Oct 27, 2010, at 7:48 PM, Alan Pope wrote:

> On 27 October 2010 22:54, Philip Semanchuk <philip at semanchuk.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm on a fresh install of 10.10 with the latest updates available as of today. I installed a few packages via the Synaptic Package Manager including matplotlib (0.99.3). The install went fine except that the critical directory ~/.matplotlib is owned by root rather than by me. This is the output from ls -la:
>> drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 2010-10-27 17:23 .matplotlib
>> This leaves me unable to use matplotlib from Python (unless I run Python via sudo):
> My guess would be that you ran matplotlib as root (or via sudo) at
> some point which caused that file to be owned by root. Package
> installations don't create files in your home directory, running the
> application will.

Thanks Al. I hadn't thought of that but what you say makes perfect sense. 


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