Can I copy/paste Python code?

Peter Heitzer peter.heitzer at
Tue Jul 21 10:40:28 CEST 2015

ryguy7272 <ryanshuell at> wrote:
>I'm trying to copy some Python code from a PDF book that I'm reading.  I want to test out the code, and I can copy it, but when I paste it into the Shell, everything is all screwed up because of the indentation. Every time I paste in any kind of code, it seems like everything is immediately left-justified, and then nothing works.

>Any idea how to make this work easily?  Without re-typing hundreds of lines of code...
try cat >testfile , paste in and type ^D or use a graphical text editor to paste the code

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