change syntax coloring in IDLE

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Jan 27 22:42:52 CET 2009

On 2009-01-27 13:40, Ned Deily wrote:
> In article
> <77e831100901270950i6b0b510chf80a495a65ca9833 at>,
>   Vincent Davis<vincent at>  wrote:
>> I am using mac with python 2.5.2 and IDLE verison 1.2.2. in the help it
>> states I can change he text coloring by using "Configure IDLE" but I not
>> sure what this is. It's not sn the menu, running Configure does nothing. How
>> do I change the color (text and background)
> There is supposed to be a Preferences menu option for IDLE on OS X but,
> depending on the Python version and how IDLE is launched, it may or may
> not appear due to various bugs.  (I'm working on some patches for these.)

I'd love to get these patches so we can include them in EPD. Is there an issue 
on the Python bug tracker that I can follow?

> If you have been launching IDLE via /Applications/MacPython
> 2.5/, try launching it via the shell command line:
> /usr/local/bin/idle2.5.

In Vincent's case (EPD), this would be 
/Library/Frameworks/Python/Versions/Current/bin/idle2.5 .

> There may now be a working Preferences menu
> item under the Python item in the menu bar; there may also be an Options
> ->  Configure IDLE... .

Yes, to both.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
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