vars(os) starts help in ActivePython!!!

Magnus Lyckå magnus at thinkware.se
Wed Feb 20 10:50:52 CET 2002


"Keith Farmer" <kfarmer at thuban.org> wrote in message news:<x7Cc8.2126$RJ4.246925423 at newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>...
> The same behavior was seen with wxPython's PyCrust shell, so I suspect it's

Running a non-ActiveState version of Python?

> not (just) activepython, but rather the way the interpreter module's
> written.

But it doesn't happen in the cygwin Python interpreter (also 2.1.1),
or in Linux (2.1.1 again).

Actually:

>>> help
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
NameError: name 'help' is not defined

But even if I do "from pydoc import help" in cygwin or linux, I
don't get this strange behaviour. ActiveState did something to
the Python interpreter...

8<---

ActivePython changes to Python
------------------------------

This document describes changes made to the core Python sources by
ActiveState Tool Corp. for the ActivePython distribution.

...

3. Add the "help" command which calls Ping's pydoc.help

...

--
ActiveState Tool Corp.
18 April, 2001

8<---

Well, I was getting a bit disappointed about not having access
to the nice 2.2 features anyway, so maybe it's time to dump
ActivePython...



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