Looking for an interpreter that does not request internet access

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 03:41:59 CEST 2007

James Alan Farrell wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently installed new anti-virus software and was surprised the
> next time I brought up IDLE, that it was accessing the internet.
> I dislike software accessing the internet without telling me about it,
> especially because of my slow dial up connection (there is no option
> where I live), but also because I feel it unsafe.

It is not accessing the internet. It is opening up a local socket connection to
communicate with a separate (but still local!) process for the interactive

> Can anyone recommend an interpreter that does not access the internet
> when it starts (or when it is running, unless I specifically write a
> program that causes it to do so, so as a browser)?

The regular interpreter works fine.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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