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Create a config dir in `tempfile.gettempdir()` if the default locatio…

…n(s) are not writable.
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commit 43ae77e4a4c8bc801c6238b8315de336298f7830 1 parent 42878d2
@mdboom authored
Showing with 16 additions and 4 deletions.
  1. +16 −4 lib/matplotlib/
20 lib/matplotlib/
@@ -466,6 +466,18 @@ def _get_home():
raise RuntimeError('please define environment variable $HOME')
+def _create_tmp_config_dir():
+ """
+ If the config directory can not be created, create a temporary
+ directory that is destroyed atexit.
+ """
+ import tempfile
+ tempdir = os.path.join(tempfile.gettempdir(), 'matplotlib')
+ os.environ['MPLCONFIGDIR'] = tempdir
+ return tempdir
get_home = verbose.wrap('$HOME=%s', _get_home, always=False)
@@ -482,7 +494,7 @@ def _get_configdir():
if not os.path.exists(configdir):
if not _is_writable_dir(configdir):
- raise RuntimeError('Could not write to MPLCONFIGDIR="%s"'%configdir)
+ return _create_tmp_config_dir()
return configdir
h = get_home()
@@ -490,10 +502,10 @@ def _get_configdir():
if os.path.exists(p):
if not _is_writable_dir(p):
- raise RuntimeError("'%s' is not a writable dir; you must set %s/.matplotlib to be a writable dir. You can also set environment variable MPLCONFIGDIR to any writable directory where you want matplotlib data stored "% (h, h))
+ return _create_tmp_config_dir()
if not _is_writable_dir(h):
- raise RuntimeError("Failed to create %s/.matplotlib; consider setting MPLCONFIGDIR to a writable directory for matplotlib configuration data"%h)
+ return _create_tmp_config_dir()
from matplotlib.cbook import mkdirs
@@ -922,7 +934,7 @@ class rc_context(object):
>>> with mpl.rc_context(fname='print.rc'):
>>> plt.plot(x, b)
>>> plt.plot(x, c)
The 'a' vs 'x' and 'c' vs 'x' plots would have settings from
'screen.rc', while the 'b' vs 'x' plot would have settings from
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