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  1. Data Management
  2. DM-14159

Wrap matplotlib use in meas_mosaic

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      meas.mosaic.utils does a module-level import of matplotlib and sets the backend to Agg.

      a) Specifically the matplotlib.use("Agg") line should be removed.

      It has no effect if the user has already loaded a backend, and spews a big chunk of distracting warnings.

      b) The overall import of matplotlib should not happen at the module level, because that code gets run when importing the module.  Importing the module happens even just opening a Butler object view to the repo.  Specifically, meas_mosaic gets imported by just the following code.

      import os
      import lsst.afw.display as afwDisplay
      from lsst.daf.persistence import Butler
       
      repo = os.getenv('REPO')
      butler = Butler(repo)
      

      Philosophically I don't believe that opening a Butler should trigger setting up matplotlib.

      Editorial: I believe that all plotting imports should be protected and separated from the data analysis.  But this implies a refactoring that may not be justified given the imminent replacement by jointcal

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              • Assignee:
                wmwood-vasey Michael Wood-Vasey
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                wmwood-vasey Michael Wood-Vasey
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                John Parejko, Simon Krughoff
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                John Parejko, Merlin Fisher-Levine, Michael Wood-Vasey, Paul Price, Simon Krughoff
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