Bug 531464 - why the WONTFIX?

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 20:15:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Przemek Klosowski
<przemek.klosowski at nist.gov> wrote:
> It doesn't look good when the application-provided examples crash. I see
> that it's a complex issue between the upstream and packagers, but I
> think the policy should be "it either runs or gives a clear message that
> it's unsupported"

What text do you need to read and where do you need it to exist in
order to make it _clear_ that the matplotlib examples provided as
documentation may require users to at a minimum to reconfigure their
matplotlibrc and to install additional python modules and are not
explicitly required for normal matplotlib use? And as a result of all
this none of the examples are "supported" (whatever that actually
means in this context) and not expected to work out of the box?

I'll put whatever text is necessary to make it _clear_ that matplotlib
is a framework and not an end-user application and as such requires a
modicum of thought to use correctly. If you are unable to come up with
text that you feel meets the bar for clarity I can very easily just
not ship any of the examples and encourage users to use cut and paste
the online examples from the matplotlib website.

I'll go further and say that once I learn how to use AutoQA, and if it
allows it, I'll establish a subset of provided examples to use which
are expected to work out of the box for the default configuration and
run them as AutoQA tests for matplotlib.

And if I can get help from people who actively use the other toolkits
beside gtk... I'll generate matplotlib subpackages for additional
backends with the appropriate autoQA example tests similar to what I
plan to do for gtk functionality.


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