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Old 03-27-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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How can I make GTK work on my Ubuntu Server?

I just set up an Ubuntu 8.04.2 Hardy Heron Server. So, it looks like the Server edition of Ubuntu has no GUI? That's okay, except for one thing, I really REALLY want GTK so that Matplotlib can draw nice graphs. Yes, I know there are a bunch of other graphing backends like Agg that will work, but I want GTK specifically.

So, how can I get GTK working? I am hoping and praying that the answer will be along the lines of:

sudo apt-get install $WHAT_GOES_HERE?

Can anyone help me out?

Old 03-28-2009, 12:01 AM   #2
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GTK won't be very useful unless you install X or DirectFB. I believe you can install a desktop with sudo aptitude install gnome-deskop.
Old 03-29-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Ideally I want my server to be as fast as possible, with no desktop. I want it to have GTK so that it can draw nice graphs, save them as image files, and serve them to the internet. The server itself should be so lean and fast that it can't even display the images it is drawing (ideally).

So, how can I get Matplotlib saving image files using GTK with as little bloat as possible? Thanks.


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