Python Idle not giving my prompt after If line

T Berger brgrt2 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 00:41:55 EDT 2018


On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:19:13 PM UTC-4, Terry Reedy wrote:
> On 4/9/2018 3:07 AM, Peter Otten wrote:
> > brgrt2 at gmail.com 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

Thanks, Terry, for your help. 


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