Yes, this is a python question, and a serious one at that (moving to Win XP)

Claudio Grondi claudio.grondi at
Fri Oct 14 01:11:59 CEST 2005

What I can point you to is not Python, but embedding it in Python
is a question of executing one line of Python code triggering its
I think you will be fascinated by its features and ease of use and
how well it is suited to fit into your needs:
With it you will start to see, that forcing to obey to Windows way
of doing things has not only bad sides.

Is there something similar for another OSs-es (especially Linux)?


"Kenneth McDonald" <kenneth.m.mcdonald at> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:mailman.2030.1129235229.509.python-list at
> For unfortunate reasons, I'm considering switching back to Win XP
> (from OS X) as my "main" system. Windows has so many annoyances that
> I can only compare it to driving in the Bay Area at rush hour (OS X
> is like driving in Portland at rush hour--not as bad, but getting
> there), but there are really only a couple of things that are really,
> absolutely preventing me from making the switch. Number one is the
> lack of a decent command line and command-line environment, and I'm
> wondering (hoping) if perhaps someone has written a "Python shell"-- 
> something that will look like a regular shell, let users type in
> commands, maybe have some of the nice features of bash etc. like tab
> completion, etc, and will then execute an underlying python script
> when the command is entered. I'm not thinking of IDLE, but something
> that is really aimed more at being a system terminal, not a Python-
> specific terminal.
> Yes, I know that Cygwin is out there, but last I looked, they still
> went through the Win command-line window, which imposes a lot of
> restrictions.
> More generally, has anyone written any python programs to administer
> various Win settings for which one must otherwise delve deep into
> mazes of twisty little dialogs, all alike? Or to help out with other
> annoyances? I know there are a lot of general utilities, but if
> they're in Python, I can also use them as a starting base for my own
> needs.
> Finally, a significant incentive in doing this is that I could avoid
> a lot of installation hassle, since virtually everything has at least
> a decent installation package for Win. (I'd hoped this would happen
> for OS X, but it never has). Can anyone think of important python-
> related packages (release level, not cutting edge alphas) for which
> this might not be the case?
> Many thanks,
> Ken

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