Python Idle not giving my prompt after If line

T Berger brgrt2 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 00:43:30 EDT 2018


On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:34:04 PM UTC-4, Peter Otten wrote:
> brgrt2 at gmail.com wrote:
> 
> > On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 3:08:28 AM UTC-4, 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?
> >> > 
> >> > Thanks,
> >> > 
> >> > Tamara
> >> 
> >> 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
> >> 
> >> That's why you have to hit <return> twice to trigger execution of the
> >> code.
> >> 
> >> 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.
> > 
> > Thanks, Peter, for your quick reply. But here's what happened. When I hit
> > <return> twice, the cursor did go back to the margin, but skipped two
> > lines before doing so. Then when I hit <return> after "else:" I got an
> > error message again. What did I do wrong? 
> 
> I'm sorry, I did not read your question carefully enough, and missed the 
> "else" part. Please read Terry's correction of my advice.
> 
> > Also, could you please tell me
> > how to create a py file. Thanks.
> 
> Choose "New File" in the "File" menu, then write your code in the window 
> that pops up, save with "Save" (pick a meaningful name that does not collide 
> with any name in Python's standard library) and finally run with "Run 
> Module" in the "Run" menu.

Thanks, Peter, for your help. 


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