python vs pythonw

Ant antroy at
Fri Nov 30 10:56:57 CET 2007

On Nov 30, 3:30 am, John Velman <vel... at> wrote:
> New to mac.  I have leopard.  What's the difference between python and
> pythonw?  So far (which isn't very far)  I can't tell the difference.
> I have a small application using TKinter that I was working on under
> Linux.  Both python and pythonw run it, but on both it "stops
> responding"  (pinwheel of death) when I touch the vertical scrollbar.

On Windows, python runs in console mode (and pops up a console window
if you're not executing the script from a console already), pythonw
runs the script as a background process. I'd imagine that it is the
same for the Mac, and I shouldn't think it has anything to do with
your problem here.


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