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Fixing IPython plot windows after OS X upgrade

Note: These instructions are for the Conda Python environment manager. They should be adaptable to Virtualenv installations or others as well.

Often after installing OS X upgrades plots created in IPython open behind all windows and cannot be tabbed to. The following instructions should fix this:

  1. Remove the current python symlink in the Conda environment's bin/ directory.
  2. Create a new python symlink in that same directory that points to pythonw.
  3. Uninstall the ipython package (it won't run at all after creating the symlink).
  4. Reinstall the ipython package. This should set everything up correctly to use the new python link created above.

Now IPython plots should open an icon in the Dock and can be tabbed to.