[New-bugs-announce] [issue9925] Idle doesn't launch

Stephan Bellegy report at bugs.python.org
Thu Sep 23 15:46:14 CEST 2010

New submission from Stephan Bellegy <stephan.bellegy at gmail.com>:

Environment is Win7, 32bits. User has Admin rights.

I haven't coded in Python at the office for a while and had a little script to write. Thus, I decided to upgrade from 2.6 to 2.7 (that is : 2.6 was already there and functionnal as far as I remind it and was the first install of Python on the new PC)

2.7 installation run without problems nor warnings, as usual.
But then Idle didn't launch. No message. No Python process running in the background. So I launched it via a shell and grabbed an error message :
IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'C:\\Users\\Foobar\\.idlerc\\recent-files.lst'

Then I googled and found http://bugs.python.org/issue1743

Deleting ~\.idlerc\ did the trick and now Idle runs fine.

So the bug 1743 isn't clearly solved and this is what I suspect :
My Windows is localized in French. From the DOS Shell, the User Dir is C:\Users\FOOBAR
but Windows Explorer displays in its address bar : C:\Utilisateurs\FOOBAR
Maybe the problem comes from here ?

components: IDLE, Installation
messages: 117184
nosy: Stephan.Bellegy
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Idle doesn't launch
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7

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