[Gdal-dev] GDAL and Python

Jose Luis Gomez Dans josegomez at gmx.net
Thu Nov 2 14:08:43 EST 2006

I have noticed that somebody else mentioned the release of numpy 1.0, and the implications for GDAL. My question is however different: at work, we use Enthought Python, a rather useful Python bundle with numpy, scipy, matplotlib and loads of extra packages. On top of that, we use the GDAL bindings. So far, we have made do with FWTools and Enthought, as they are compatible (python 2.3), but there's a sea change when Enthought upgrades from Numeric to Numpy and from python 2.3 to 2.4. Apart from compiling from source (we have no experience on this), what would be the "recommended best way" of using GDAL with Enthought be?

One nice thing would be for the Enthought guys to package GDAL with their Python. This is hard to do, and not something that ranks high as a priority for them. They have suggested that if users can provide a recipe to build an egg <http://www.python-eggs.org/> for Windows and Linux, they'd be happy to carry that and distribute it.

The question being whether anyone might be willing to do this :) I think it would be a very nice thing to have, as for many of us, GDAL is the only way to input data into our processing chains. Unfortunately, I have little or no experience of doing this sort of thing, and maybe it's so difficult that it is unfeasible. I just thought I'd mention it to see if someone suggests an easy and convenient way to have both up to date numpy, scipy (and friends) working together with the latest and greatest GDAL (specifically on Win32, in Linux compilation is straightforward and easy).

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