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

Jeremy Jones zanesdad at
Thu Oct 13 22:39:12 CEST 2005

Kenneth McDonald wrote:

>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.
ipython -p pysh

IPython rocks as a Python shell.  I use zsh mostly, but IPython's pysh 
looks pretty good.  I hate to help you get back on Windows, though :-)

- jmj

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