[yt-users] yt + x11 on a mac

Nathan Goldbaum nathan12343 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 27 10:49:19 PST 2013

Hi Mark,

I've never encountered the exact problem you're running into. However, I 
think a workaround would be to reinstall yt using the python 
installation you've set up via macports.  There is more information on a 
manual yt installation in the yt docs:


Although it looks like those instructions are a bit out of date.  On my 
mac, I use homebrew to set up python and compiled dependencies of yt and 
then use pip to install all of the pure-python dependencies. I've used 
this script (http://paste.yt-project.org/show/3084/) in the past to set 
up a yt installation based on the current development tip.  This will 
clone the main yt development repository to ~/Documents/src.

I don't know if this will work on a macports-based installation of python.

I hope that was helpful.  Perhaps others on the list have had luck 
setting up X11 forwarding using a sandboxed yt installation on a mac.


On 1/27/13 10:38 AM, Mark Krumholz wrote:
> Hi yt Users,
> I'm trying to figure out how to get yt working using an x11-based 
> backend on my mac, so that I can forward python windows. For my non-yt 
> python install, which is handled via macports, the trick (gleaned from 
> http://www.astrobetter.com/remote-display-in-python-ask-astrobetter/) was 
> to use macports to recompile the tk package so that it uses x11 rather 
> than quartz, via the command
> sudo port upgrade --enforce-variants tk -quartz +x11
> This works fine. However, it is not clear to me how to force a similar 
> change in the sandbox python install used by yt. Nor have I been able 
> to get any other x11-based backend to work with yt's python install on 
> my mac. The packages required for the gtk or wx backends refuse to 
> install via pip install, and the Qt backend fails to load with the 
> cryptic error "no module named sip".
> I'd appreciate any suggestions.
> --
> Mark Krumholz
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