How to search the Python manuals

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sun Aug 24 03:18:23 CEST 2008

JBW wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:17:16 -0400, Terry Reedy instructs a procedure for 
> locating the behavior of default function arguments:
>> -------------------------------------- For WinXP (I have no idea of how
>> the manuals works elsewhere):
> Windows is against my religion, so I may be completely off base here :)
>> <... snip prolonged clicky-clicky tap dance instructions. ...>
> The way I read it is that one has little trouble answering a question by 
> reading the documentation if one knows *exactly* where to look.  

Then you read wrong.  What my tap-dance instructions said were to find 
the right *CHAPTER* (for upcoming 2.6/3.0) and use ^Find to find the 
exact place.  If you don't know that def statements are compound 
statements and not lexical analysis, data, expressions, or simple 
statements, they you would profit from reading a bit more at the top of 
each chapter.


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