Help! Can't get program to run.

Rhodri James rhodri at
Sat May 2 23:21:15 CEST 2009

On Sat, 02 May 2009 21:42:03 +0100, < at> wrote:

> Awesome. Thank you, Arnaud. I moved the file to that folder, and I got
> it to work in Terminal. However, I still can't get it to run using
> IDLE. Any idea why that might be? Thanks again. -Sean

To repeat what you were told earlier, IDLE is an interactive Python
shell, not a command line.  It executes Python commands directly, like

>>> print "Hello, world"

"python" is *not* a Python command.

To run your script from within IDLE, you have two choices: either
open the script to edit with IDLE (menu File->Open or Ctrl-O) and
use menu Run->Run Module or F5 to run it; or (assuming
is in your home directory) type

>>> import mymodule

The former has a few gotchas that you probably won't hit, and the
latter has several that you almost certainly will hit.  Personally
I'd stick with the command line that you've already succeeded with!

Rhodri James *-* Wildebeeste Herder to the Masses

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