activating history in Python 2.3.4

Riko Wichmann riko.wichmann at
Fri Nov 19 10:03:47 CET 2004

dear all,

lately, I installed Python 2.3.4 from sources (after having 2.2 for some 
However, running Python interactively, I cannot recall the histroy of 
command with cursor-up or down anymore (just get ^[[A for example).
As far as I could find out, it has something to do with GNU readline. 
When I do

 >>> import readline
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
ImportError: No module named readline

things seem to be clear. However, since my old Python 2.2 seems to have 
readline it means, gnu readline is in principle available.

How can I activate history, or where do I get the readline module from?

Thanks and cheers,


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