[Edu-sig] Help Testing IDLD patch
john.zelle at wartburg.edu
Wed Dec 15 19:33:49 CET 2004
A while back, I responded to a post about some IDLE annoyances and said
I was more concerned about IDLE 1.04's instablility under Windows. I
have a very simple test that causes IDLE to hang, and it does not appear
to be fixed in IDLE 1.1. A number of folks who are trying to use Python
in education have reported frsutration with the situation. So..., I did
some poking around myself. I do not have a very good understanding of
the IDLE code, but I think I have found a simple fix for the error I can
I would appreciate it if some of you who have noticed these problems
with IDLE would give my patch a try and let me know if it helps out at
all. I have added a single line to the PyShell.py file that lives in
Python2.3/lib/idlelib. You can get my modified version here:
You should be able to use this as a drop-in replacement. Alternatively,
you can search in it for my initials (JMZ) to find the line I added and
just edit your own copy. Basically, the patch just does the equivalent
of a keyboard-interrupt (ctrl-c) before closing the shell window.
Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated. A number of schools
are wondering what they should use for Winter term. It would be a real
shame if this flaw in IDLE causes Python to lose ground.
ps. With this "fix", killing the IDLE shell window will produce a little
"chatter" before it goes away. I can live with that.
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