2to3 Help?

James Mills prologic at shortcircuit.net.au
Thu Jan 15 07:43:29 CET 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM,  <marco.m.petersen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I tried to run it on the command prompt (I use Windows XP) but it
> doesn't work either.

I did not realize you were using WIndows :)
Normally most shells in the UNIX/Linux world
start with a '$'.

> I opened the command prompt:
> C:\Documents and Settings\User>
> Then I typed '$ 2to3 testscript.py':
> C:\Documents and Settings\User>$ 2to3.py testscript.py
> But then this appears:
> C:\Documents and Settings\User>$ 2to3.py testscript.py
> '$' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
> operable program or batch file.

Your problem is, you are treating the '$' (most likely
copied/pasted from readings on the web) as part
of what you need to enter into the command prompt.

'$' is (like I said above) normally part of most commonly
configured shells (eg: Bash).

You need to just enter:

2to3 testscript.py

> Anyway I'll try some UNIX. Thanks.

That is a good idea :) Windows teaches you nothing!


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