Installing Pygal into Cygwin

Pygal is a python library for emitting SVG charts. It might do PNGs too; the documentation is… sparse. Okay, there’s no documentation, but they show you several ways to make bar charts, and figure you can follow on from there. ¬†Anyways, the installation instructions don’t work, not under cygwin.

Here’s what you should do:

  1. ensure cygwin has the libs libxml2-devel and libxslt-devel installed
  2. issue the command
    cygwin$ pip install pygal

and you’re done. Getting pip into cygwin is a whole world of hurt, but you will need to go looking for a http (not https) source to download setuptools, then download and run ez_setup.py, followed by using pip to upgrade setuptools. Have fun with that; I know I did.

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  1. ed

    A quick search of the source returns no reference “png”, no “jpg”, no “gif”. Which is fine.

    However.

    A quick *look* at the source shows … essentially no comments.

    I think this sort of thing really needs to be deprecated. If someone can’t comment and document adequately … they shouldn’t release it.

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