Help! Can't get program to run.

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Fri May 1 23:45:23 CEST 2009 at schrieb:
> I think this is maybe the most basic problem possible, but I can't get
> even the most basic Python to run on OS X using Terminal or IDLE. I
> used the IDLE editor to create a file with one line of code
> print 'text string'
> and I saved the file as When using terminal I entered
> "python" to load the interpreter or whatever and then tried
> python
> but I got an error message. I've tried using the file path instead of
> and that didn't work either. I've tried moving the file to
> different places, my desktop, hard drive, etc., and none of that
> worked either. In IDLE I tried similar things and only got error
> messages there too.
> Needless to say this is a frustrating start to learning this langauge.
> I'd really appreciate any help getting this to work, so I can move on
> the actual language. Thanks so much.

It would have helped if you had given us the *actual* error-message.

 From what little information you give, it appears as if you do 
something very basic wrong - instead of doing

$ python
 >>> python

(where $ is the shell/terminal and >>> the python-prompt)

you either do

$ python
 >>> print "hello"


$ python

to execute mymodule directly.


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