Tab-completion in tutorial

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Sat Jan 21 05:07:04 EST 2012

I'm reading the part of the tutorial that talks about tab-completion, and 
I think the docs are wrong.

The "more capable startup file" example given claims:

# Add auto-completion and a stored history file of commands to your Python
# interactive interpreter. Requires Python 2.0+, readline. Autocomplete is
# bound to the Esc key by default (you can change it - see readline docs).

but I have tried it, and it doesn't seem to actually bind autocomplete to 

Is this a documentation bug, or am I doing something wrong?


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