Keeping the Console Open with IDLE

MRAB google at
Fri Feb 20 18:13:44 CET 2009

Catherine Heathcote wrote:
> W. eWatson wrote:
>> Catherine Heathcote wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> you need to open a dos prompt before doing the steps above. Go to 
>>> start->run and hit "cmd" <enter> without the quotes.
>> Something is amiss here. There's the MS Command Prompt, which I'm 
>> looking at right now. Yes, it has cd, and so on. I'm also looking at 
>> the Python command line window. It allow one to run interactively.
>> If I write a simple python program with just raw_input, by clicking on 
>> the file name, I get a window with the the title "\Python25\pythonexe" 
>> that shows the prompt. If I deliberately put a syntax error in the 
>> program, and run it by clicking the file, then A window appears and 
>> disappears so quickly that I have no idea what it said. How do I keep 
>> that window up?
>> Which, if any, of these is the real Python console? What is the window 
>> called in the example I gave with raw_input?
> Run the program from within the MS command line, not by double clicking it.
Or create a .bat file containing the commands to run the Python program,
ending with the command "pause", which will wait for you to press a key
when the program has quit.

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