How do you configure IDLE on a Mac, seeing as there's no Configure Option...
nad at acm.org
Tue Jan 5 07:32:47 CET 2010
<0d70cb54-3d77-4176-b621-e764ecf613b7 at 26g2000yqo.googlegroups.com>,
Mensanator <mensanator at aol.com> wrote:
> I assume I've been using the IDLE from macports. From the command
> prompt I've
> been typing "idle". This launches a "shell" window which appears to
> have an X11
> parent application for which there are no "preferences" applicable to
> However, if I use the quick launcher from the python.org, I get a
> "shell" whose
> parent is named "IDLE"! And that one has a completely different
> one similar the the Windows Configure which allows me to set the font!
> Now, if I close this shell and start IDLE from the command line again,
> I still
> get a "shell" with an X11 parent, but, lo and behold, the font has
> changed to
> what I had previously set with the IDLE parent.
> Course, I can't import gmpy, cause the python.org version can't
> compile it, so I
> still have to use the macports install of 3.1, but that's ok, once I
> the IDLE application to set the preferences, I can switch back to the
> X11 version and the preferences will follow.
The prefs follow because all versions of IDLE use the same (unversioned)
directory for configuration files, ~/.idlerc/. In particular, the
configuration file ~/.idlerc/config-main.cfg contains, among other
things, any changes to the default font. So, if you're successful at
changing it in one version of IDLE, it will likely affect all versions
you have. Note the file is a simple ini format:
font = monaco
so you can edit it by hand.
BTW, the python.org IDLEs and the Apple-supplied IDLEs use the
system-supplied Aqua (aka Quartz) Tk not the X11 one that MacPorts
builds by default. The MacPorts Tk port does have a "quartz" variant
but that doesn't yet work in 64-bit mode.
nad at acm.org
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