Using *just* the IDLE editor

Joonas Paalasmaa joonas at
Tue Dec 4 13:27:14 CET 2001

Michael Williams wrote:

> Hi,
> I'd like to set up (or strip out components or rewrite, but hopefully
> it won't be that complex) IDLE so that when I start it up with 
>     $ idle <filename>
> I just get the IDLE editor and not the interactive shell. (I need to
> avoid starting the shell for uninteresting reasons). The -e option
> allows the opening of the editor window, but doesn't prevent opening
> of the interactive shell. I'm afraid I don't have enough experience of
> Python (esp Tk) to go through the code and work out what's being done
> by so I would be very grateful if someone could point me in
> the direction of a command line argument to prevent the shell
> appearing or module I could strip out of the IDLE directory to allow
> me to just use the editor.

Use idlefork.

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