[Idle-dev] Rework when IDLE opens editor and/or shell windows

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Jul 25 04:30:57 CEST 2010

On 7/21/2010 10:58 AM, Kevin Walzer wrote:
> I'm also not sure how IDLE works on Windows in this regard. Comments?

WinXP, Py3.1, Start Menu/Programs/Python3.1/ shortcuts

The IDLE and Interpreter shortcuts are not 'normal'. On the Shortcut tab 
of the Properties dialog, the Target location: field is blank and the 
Target: field is a grayed-out, uneditable and useless 'Python 3.1.2'. 
And this is as admin user.

By comparison, a Windows Media Player shortcut says T location: Windows 
Media Player (read-only, should be called Target name:). Target: has 
"C:path/to/WMP/wmplayer.exe" /prefetch 1 in an editable box. So whatever 
/prefetch 1 means, I could change it.

The Python shortcuts seems possibly buggy to me, but the point is that 
command line args are currently useless without informing users how to 
create a proper, editable shortcut where one could use them.

I do not care at the moment because I always want a shell window and can 
easily open a edit window. The only reason not to open a shell that I 
can see is if one is editing non-Python files.

Terry Jan Reedy

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