[Distutils] Module Installation Issues

Thomas Kluyver thomas at kluyver.me.uk
Thu Sep 15 09:06:16 EDT 2016

On Thu, Sep 15, 2016, at 01:53 PM, Wes Turner wrote:
> Shell commands can/could/should be clearly indicated with a '$'
> prefix:
>     $ python -m pip install numpy

That's a common convention, but:

- It comes from POSIX platforms where the default prompt ends in $. The
  default prompt in Windows ends with >, so $ is not clear.
- On all platforms, new users may well not recognise that convention.
- Users may think they have to type the $ as part of the command,
  leading to even more confusion.
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