Comment 38 for bug 195772

piccobello (piccobello) wrote :


I got the same error whenever I run help('modules keyword').

RuntimeError: Could not find the matplotlib data files

I did two things, which somehow fixed the problem for me:

1) sudo ln -s /usr/share/matplotlib/mpl-data/ /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/mpl-data

this gave me another error, which I realized was due to some initialization of the matplotlib module
trying to write to a file /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/matplotlib.conf

2) run python as sudo, and import matplotlib

now I don't get that error anymore.. sorry I did not find a more suited place to write about this..