Attempting to generate the HTML documentation right after cloning the
repository results in a cryptic error message as one of the required
files, mpl-data/matplotlibrc, is created when matplotlib is built. It
seems that other people have come across this problem in the past ,
so mentioning it here might be of help to newcomers.
Even if the README.txt file explicitly mentions that matplotlib must
have been built before the documentation can be generated, a better
error message will be of help to those developers who happen not to