Python – How to correctly install python-numpy in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric


According to Scipy website, in Ubuntu 11.10 numpy and scipy comes pre-packaged so what I did was:

apt-get install python2.7
apt-get install python-numpy
apt-get install python-scipy

Then I tried to call numpy in Python but get an error:

ImportError: cannot import name datetime_data.

Any ideas why this happened? Full error message attached.

Python 2.7.2+ (default, Oct  4 2011, 20:03:08)
[GCC 4.6.1] on linux2
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>>> import numpy
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/", line 137, in <module>
    import add_newdocs
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/", line 9, in <module>
    from numpy.lib import add_newdoc
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/lib/", line 4, in <module>
    from type_check import *
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/lib/", line 8, in <module>
    import numpy.core.numeric as _nx
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/core/", line 8, in <module>
    import numerictypes as nt
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy/core/", line 92, in <module>
    from numpy.core.multiarray import typeinfo, ndarray, array, \
ImportError: cannot import name datetime_data

Best Solution

It looks like you have a broken numpy install in /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages, the package manager installs numpy to /usr/lib/pyshared/python2.7

You should remove the broken numpy

$ sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/numpy

then the numpy you installed with apt-get should work as expected.