Python 3 is killing Python

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at
Fri Jul 18 10:21:13 CEST 2014

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM, Rick Johnson
<rantingrickjohnson at> wrote:
> On Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:15:15 PM UTC-5, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> For myself, though, I completely do not use the editor half of [IDLE]; but
>> it's spectacularly useful (with limitations) as my primary interactive
>> interpreter.
> Yes Chris, i also think that the IDLE shell is "spectacular"
> when i'm using it, especially when i press
> "CONTROL+LEFT_ARROW" and the insertion cursor lands *BEHIND*
> the start of the interactive command marker " >>>", an
> area where key presses are not allowed, so *NOW* I must press
> "CONTROL+RIGHT_ARROW" three times to get to my destination!

I just tried to reproduce this using IDLE 3.4 on Windows and was not able to.

> I'm also just "gushing with exuberance" when i open a new
> block and i get *EIGHT SPACE INDENTION*!

In the file editor when I press Tab I get four spaces as I would
expect, using the default configuration. In the interactive
interpreter I get an actual tab character again as I would expect.
That's probably as it should be since I wouldn't want to not be able
to type a tab character there.

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