New guy help with setup

Paul McNett p at
Fri Jul 13 00:07:02 CEST 2007

meg99 wrote:
> On Jul 12, 4:35 pm, Paul McNett <p... at> wrote:
>> meg99 wrote:
>>> On Jul 12, 4:24 pm, Paul McNett <p... at> wrote:
>>>> meg99 wrote:
>>>>> I just downloaded 2.5 and read the readme file.  It says "Before you
>>>>> can build Python, you must first confiigure it....Start by running the
>>>>> script "./configure".
>>>>> I can't find "./configure"
>>>>> I am running Windows XP SP2
>>>> You downloaded the wrong file. You want the Windows Installer:
>>> My applogies - I did download and install 2.5.1
>> In that case, open up your command window (Start|Run "cmd" <enter>).
>> Type 'python' at the c:\ prompt.
>> Or, Start|All Programs|Python 2.5|IDLE

> I opened the command window and typed 'python'
> got 'not recognized as a command'

Add c:\python25 to your Windows system path.

> went to the python25 folder and typed 'python'
> got the >>> prompt

Good! Python is installed and working normally.

> typed './configure'
> got 'no Python documentation found for './configure'

You don't need to ./configure. That's for when you are going to compile 
Python from source code into a binary, which you don't need to do 
because you installed a precompiled binary for Windows.

pkm ~

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