Python Idle not giving my prompt after If line

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Mon Apr 9 13:18:46 EDT 2018

On 4/9/2018 3:07 AM, Peter Otten wrote:
> brgrt2 at wrote:
>> I typed the If part of an If/Else statement, but did not get a prompt at
>> the beginning of the next line when I hit return. Instead, the cursor
>> lined up under the "p" of "print." Here is the line of text (it's part of
>> a longer bit of coding, I copied out of a textbook).
>>>>> if right_this_minute in odds:
>>         print("This minute seems a little odd.")    [Return]
>> You can't see it, but the cursor is blinking under the "p."
>> Why is this happening and what's the fix?

> It works as designed; the interpreter has no way of knowing whether you are
> about to write another line belonging to the if suite, like in
> if foo:
>     print("clearing foo")
>     foo = False

To enter 'else', instead of another line under 'if', hit backspace.

> That's why you have to hit <return> twice to trigger execution of the code.

When you are done entering the complete multiline statement.

> By the way, when you copy (or write) a "longer bit" I recomend that you put
> the code into a py file so that you don't have to retype it when you want to
> make a small modification. Instead you can just hit F5 and see the effect of
> your changes.

Terry Jan Reedy

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