PyFerret Documentation and Downloads Pages Now Available

Karl Smith has an announcement about PyFerret:

“For those interested in trying out PyFerret (Ferret as a Python module – presented at this Spring’s AMS session), or those just interested in knowing more about PyFerret, there are now documentation and download pages available on the Ferret website under the documentation tab:

Toward the bottom part of the page is the link for the Downloads page, which gives links for pre-built binaries and for source (as gzipped tar files). Below it is a link for the Installing or Building PyFerret page, which gives step-by-step instructions for installing or building the program. There is also a link for the Known Issues page, listing the most serious bugs that I am aware of.

There still is a heavy dependency on knowing Ferret’s commands and language to retrieve, manipulate, display, and save data, so this package is more designed for the Ferret user wanting to work with their data in Python. But this package may also be attractive to Python users who are willing to learn some of the basic Ferret commands. (There are lots of documentation and tutorials on the Ferret website.)”

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  • Kwesi

    Hello, I have a challenge after installing pyferret and running, i get an error message, can anyone help me;
    Kwesis-MacBook-Pro:~ Akumenyi$ pyferret
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “”, line 1, in
    File “/usr/local/pyferret/PyFerret-7.0.0-MacOSX/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pyferret/”, line 42, in
    import libpyferret
    ImportError: dlopen(/usr/local/pyferret/PyFerret-7.0.0-MacOSX/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pyferret/, 2): Library not loaded: /usr/local/opt/pango/lib/libpangocairo-1.0.0.dylib
    Referenced from: /usr/local/pyferret/PyFerret-7.0.0-MacOSX/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pyferret/
    Reason: image not found

  • Johnny Lin

    Hi Kwesi,

    Thanks for the post! You’ll probably have better luck posting to the PyAOS mailing list. From a quick look at the error, it looks like you haven’t installed the pango package. Don’t know if that’s a dependency that the PyFerret installer should take care of. You might want to ask the PyFerret mailing list, since that would be a PyFerret-specific issue. Hope this helps!