running python on xp command prompt

Steve Potter steven.potter at
Sat Mar 17 20:39:47 CET 2007

On Mar 17, 2:15 pm, TPh... at wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a simple question about running python on windows xp command
> prompt. The file is as follows and is named
> print 2**8
> print 'the bright side' + 'of life'
> print "hello world"
> I run this on the command prompt as follows
> C:\Documents and Settings\User>python C:\Documents and Settings\User
> \Desktop\spa
> python: can't open file 'C:\Documents': [Errno 2] No such file or
> directory
> and get the error above. If I surround the second directory in quotes
> like this
> C:\Documents and Settings\User>python "C:\Documents and Settings\User
> \Desktop\spa
> , there is no error. Does anyone know why this is.
> Thank you

It is because of the spaces in the path.  The command prompt assumes
that when it encounters a space that is the end of the attribute.  By
surrounding it in quotes you are indicating that it is all one


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