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Verified Commit f1724e79 authored by Qusai Al Shidi's avatar Qusai Al Shidi 💬

Added instructions for python venv and also snippets to contributing page.

parent d0a83080
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# function body
There are helpful snippets for these:
- function $91
- class $92
- file $93
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Clone into the directory you want to use it.
*Note*: swmfpy also is part of the SWMF and gets cloned into `SWMF/share/Python`. However, if you would like to [develop](CONTRIBUTING.markdown) for swmfpy make a clone and work that way and make a merge request.
There are two methods of installing swmfpy with with a virtual environment and without a virtual environment. Only use the virtual environment if your current environment is giving you trouble.
### Without Python venv
Install with [pip](
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import swmfpy
### With Python venv
Use this method if the above method is giving you trouble.
Set up a python 3 virtual environment:
$ python3 -m venv ~/.venv
This is important, make sure that it is in your `.profile` or `.bash_profile`:
$ echo "source ~/.venv/bin/activate" >> ~/.profile
*Note*: You might need to use `activate.csh` instead if using `csh` and `` in your `~/.config/fish/` instead if using `fish` shell. You are most likely using `bash` so no need to worry.
Next install the software. This will take a long time as you will be compiling `numpy` from scratch.
$ source ~/.venv/bin/activate
$ python3 -m pip install --user wheel -vvv
$ python3 -m pip install --user cython -vvv
$ python3 -m pip install --user swmfpy -vvv
If you are using `tmux` or `GNU Screen` on a supercomputer you can safely detach your session and power off your computer and come back another time.
This should be fully installed now. You should be able to import:
import swmfpy
### Troubleshooting
If you have followed these carefully and still not been able to install please submit an Issue.
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If you are experiencing any issues or bugs please go to the [Issues]( page and create an issue. Make sure you include steps to recreate the problem in your post.
How to cite
You can cite this software on LaTeX like this:
author = {{Qusai Al Shidi}},
title = {swmfpy},
url = {},
version = {2020.5},
date = {2020-06-19},
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