Weird newbie question

Andrea Crotti andrea.crotti.0 at
Thu Jan 26 17:11:11 EST 2012

On 01/26/2012 10:05 PM, Matty Sarro wrote:
> Hey everyone. I'm running into a funky error as I work through "Learn
> Python the Hard Way." What's weird is both idle and the python
> interpreter in idle spit out an error about syntax, but when I run the
> same script from the command line it works just fine, with no issue.
> I'm not sure if its an issue with IDLE or if I'm doing something
> wrong.
> Here's the book's code:
> from sys import argv
> script, filename = argv
> txt = open(filename)
> print "Here's your file %r:" % filename
> print
> print "Type the filename again:"
> file_again = raw_input(">  ")
> txt_again = open(file_again)
> print
> Here's my code:
> from sys import argv
> script,filename=argv
> txt=open(filename)
> print "Here is your file %r:" % filename
> print
> print "I'll also ask you to type it again:"
> file_again=raw_input(">  ")
> txt_again=open(file_again)
> print
> IDLE is saying that my error is on line 4, at the second set of
> quotation marks. Since I can't get the error from the command line, I
> can't actually see what the syntax error is that it's complaining
> about. Any advice would really be appreciated, thank you!!

Let me try, maybe you're running the IDLE for Python 3 and the shell for 
python 2?

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