[Python-checkins] cpython (3.4): #9364: Improve the text printed by help(pydoc) and help(help).

r.david.murray python-checkins at python.org
Sat Apr 19 19:06:47 CEST 2014

changeset:   90411:16207b8495bf
branch:      3.4
parent:      90409:bc4eb1b3db5d
user:        R David Murray <rdmurray at bitdance.com>
date:        Sat Apr 19 12:59:30 2014 -0400
  #9364: Improve the text printed by help(pydoc) and help(help).

  Lib/_sitebuiltins.py |  6 +++++-
  Lib/pydoc.py         |  7 ++++---
  2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Lib/_sitebuiltins.py b/Lib/_sitebuiltins.py
--- a/Lib/_sitebuiltins.py
+++ b/Lib/_sitebuiltins.py
@@ -87,8 +87,12 @@
 class _Helper(object):
     """Define the builtin 'help'.
-    This is a wrapper around pydoc.help (with a twist).
+    This is a wrapper around pydoc.help that provides a helpful message
+    when 'help' is typed at the Python interactive prompt.
+    Calling help() at the Python prompt starts an interactive help session.
+    Calling help(thing) prints help for the python object 'thing'.
     def __repr__(self):
diff --git a/Lib/pydoc.py b/Lib/pydoc.py
--- a/Lib/pydoc.py
+++ b/Lib/pydoc.py
@@ -1,8 +1,9 @@
 #!/usr/bin/env python3
 """Generate Python documentation in HTML or text for interactive use.
-In the Python interpreter, do "from pydoc import help" to provide
-help.  Calling help(thing) on a Python object documents the object.
+At the Python interactive prompt, calling help(thing) on a Python object
+documents the object, and calling help() starts up an interactive
+help session.
 Or, at the shell command line outside of Python:
@@ -1865,7 +1866,7 @@
     def intro(self):
-Welcome to Python %s!  This is the interactive help utility.
+Welcome to Python %s's help utility!
 If this is your first time using Python, you should definitely check out
 the tutorial on the Internet at http://docs.python.org/%s/tutorial/.

Repository URL: http://hg.python.org/cpython

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