Installing scikit.sparse on CentOS or Fedora

Step 1: install the METIS library:

1 ) Install cmake as described here:,

For the lazy:

– Dowload the latest atrpms-repo rpm from

– Install atrpms-repo rpm as an admin:

# sudo rpm -Uvh atrpms-repo*rpm

– Install cmake rpm package:

# yum --enablerepo=atrpms-testing install cmake

2) Install either the GNU make with

# yum install make

or the whole Development tools with

# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

3) Download METIS from and follow the instructions in the “install.txt” to actually install it:

– adjust the include.metix.h to adjust the length of ints and floats to better correspond to your architecture and wanted precision (32 or 64 bits)


$ make config 
$ make 
# make install

Step 2: Install SuiteSparse:

1) Download the latest version from, untar it and cd into it

2) Modify the INSTALL_INCLUDE variable :

INSTALL_INCLUDE = /usr/local/include

3) Build and install it

$ make 
# make install

Step 3: Install the scikit.sparse:

1) Download the latest scikit.sparse from PiPy:

2) in edit the last statement so that it looks like this:


Step 4:

Well, the scikit.sparse imports well at this point, but if we try to import scikits.sparse.cholmod, we have an Import error, where our egg/scikits/sparse/ fails to recognize the amd_printf symbol….

Hmmm. Looks like there is still work to be done to get it all working correctly…