Hoora Debian ! I love how every past experience of developers brings something useful ! If you need to build python matplotlib from sources you need to install quite a lot dependencies. Luckily for me in Debian it's quite easy. Here is how to build this wonderfull tool in Debian.
First, remove the old python-matplotlib supplied by debian.
apt-get remove python-matplotlib
Then, install the dependencies:
apt-get build-dep python-matplotlib
Finally, continue with the instructions as the following:
python setup.py build
python setup.py install
Then to verify installation succeeded: `$ python Python 2.6.6 (r266:84292, Aug 29 2010, 19:11:12) [GCC 4.4.5 20100824 (prerelease)] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
import matplotlib print matplotlib.version 1.0.0`