Finding my way around help

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Sun Oct 26 16:14:03 CET 2014


Context:
I will be showing the way around to some experienced programmers
new to python.

Do

>>> help()

Among other things I get:

| Enter the name of any module, keyword, or topic to get help on writing
| Python programs and using Python modules.  To quit this help utility and
| return to the interpreter, just type "quit".

However I find it returns to the normal REPL with just a return;
no quit.  I would have expected a special help REPL to keep running
till I give quit. What gives?

Also I tried
>>> help(help)

This shows the docstring for class _Helper(builtins.object)

However if I do this
>>> from pydoc import help
>>> help(help)

I get more useful help.

Seems the wrong way round...

Above is true for 2.7 and 3.4.



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