Python interactive terminal in Ubuntu Linux : some keys fouled up

casevh casevh at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 01:09:08 CET 2010


On Jan 6, 2:40 pm, pdlem... at earthlink.net wrote:
> Have recently moved from XP to Ubuntu Linux.
> Successfully installed Python 3.1.1 in the Ubuntu 9.04
> release on my desktop.
> Problem is the python interactive terminal  >>> .
> Many of the keys now do not work.
> eg pressing left-arrow yields  ^[[D
>                     right-arrow         ^[[C
>                     Home                  ^[OH
>                     Del                      ^[[3~
>                     up-arrow            ^[[A                  
>
> Frustrating as I use all these , esp  up-arrow to
> repeat recent lines.  Found the same thing on
> my sons MacBook.
>
> This is not mentioned in two recent Python books
> or one on Ubuntu. Nor could I found help on the www.
>
> Is there any work-around  ?  Should I just forget
> the python prompt >>>   ?                  
>
> Thanks,             Dave        pdlem... at earthlink.net

Assuming you compiled the source code, you will also need to install
"libreadline5-dev" via Synaptic or apt-get.

casevh



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