[Python-modules-team] Bug#847225: jupyter-notebook: Strange square appears when displaying matplotlib inline plots

Paride Legovini pl at ninthfloor.org
Tue Dec 6 16:19:40 UTC 2016

Package: jupyter-notebook
Version: 4.2.3-1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

Thanks for this long awaited package.
I noticed that when I plot an inline interactive plot with matplotlib
(using the "%matplotlib notebook" magic command) a black square appears
on all the cells, as in this screenshot:


The black square stays there even if I open a menu (like the Edit menu),
staying "over" the menu.

I'm using Chromium, it seems that Firefox is less affected by this
little but annoying problem. I can always reproduce the issue with
this minimal code:

%matplotlib notebook

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

t = np.arange(0.0, 2.0, 0.01)
s = np.sin(2*np.pi*t)
plt.plot(t, s)

When I start jupyter-notebook I get the following warning:

RuntimeWarning: To use the widgets with your installed Jupyter Notebook
version, please install ipywidgets 4.x or earlier.
version, please install ipywidgets 4.x or earlier.""", RuntimeWarning)

but I don't think it's related.
If you need further details or feedback just let me know.

Thank you,


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Versions of packages jupyter-notebook depends on:
ii  python3-notebook  4.2.3-1
pn  python3:any       <none>

jupyter-notebook recommends no packages.

jupyter-notebook suggests no packages.

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