Keeping the Console Open with IDLE

David Smith dns4 at
Fri Feb 20 10:41:42 EST 2009

W. eWatson wrote:
>> I'm not sure whether I should feel old or write a smart alec comment --
>> I suppose there are people in the world who don't know what to do with a
>> command prompt....
>> Assuming a Windows system:
>> 2. Type 'cd ' (as in Change Directory) in the command prompt window (w/o
>> the single quote characters)
>> 3. Drag/drop the folder containing your python script to your command
>> prompt window
>> 4. Hit enter in your command prompt window.
>> 5. Type python to execute
>> --David
> If I enter just cd, then it tells me cd is not defined. If I enter
> c:/python25, it tells me I have a syntax error at c in c:. The title of
> the black background window I have up with a >>> prompt shown in it is
> "Python(command line)". Maybe this isn't the real Python console window?
> What I want is that if I execute the program by double clicking on its
> name to display the console window with the program or syntax errors
> shown without it closing in a split second. Putting read_raw in it
> doesn't work, since some error prevents it from ever being seen.

What I meant was open open the command prompt, type cd, space, DO NOT
hit enter yet.  Drag the folder with your script into the command prompt
window.  Then go to the command prompt window and hit enter.  This
should compose a command similar to the following:

C:\Documents and Settings\user> cd "C:\Documents and Settings\user\My
Documents\My Project"

C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\My Project> _


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