reading one byte from stdin

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Wed Jul 16 10:57:52 CEST 2008

Mark McDuff wrote:

> I'm trying to read one byte from stdin, without the newline.
> If I try something like:
>  >>> import os, sys
>  >>>,1)
> I can input a character, but then I have to press enter, which leaves a 
> newline character in the stdin buffer and requires two keypresses.  Is 
> there any way to read only one keypress in a simple manner (i.e. no 
> curses)?

in addition to the cookbook article Diez posted, there's also a FAQ 
entry about this:


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