IDLE does not start on WinXP

George Carman gj_carman at
Sat Aug 28 22:47:07 CEST 2004

Please excuse the following mailing, I do not have access to a news server 
and cannot post to comp.lang.python.

I recently installed Python 2.3.4 on WinXP.  Command line interpreter works 
fine but the IDLE GUI will not start.  When run from a commandline I get the 
following traceback.  Both WinXP and McAfee firewalls are disabled.  Any 
suggestions would be appreciated.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Python23\Lib\idlelib\", line 23, in ?
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 1282, in main
    flist.pyshell = PyShell(flist)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 764, in __init__
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 364, in start_subprocess
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 433, in transfer_path
    self.runcommand("""if 1:
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 650, in runcommand
    self.rpcclt.remotequeue("exec", "runcode", (code,), {})
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 214, in remotequeue
    return self.asyncreturn(seq)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 238, in asyncreturn
    response = self.getresponse(seq, wait=0.05)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 278, in getresponse
    response = self._getresponse(myseq, wait)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 298, in _getresponse
    response = self.pollresponse(myseq, wait)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 423, in pollresponse
    message = self.pollmessage(wait)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 375, in pollmessage
    packet = self.pollpacket(wait)
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 347, in pollpacket
    if not self.ioready(wait):
  File "C:\Python23\lib\idlelib\", line 337, in ioready
    r, w, x =[self.sock.fileno()], [], [], wait)
select.error: (10022, 'An invalid argument was supplied')

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