Getting stdin using TextWrangler or BBEdit, but not MacPython (was: [Pythonmac-SIG] One IDE can find sys._buf, the other can't. What's going on?)

Bob Ippolito bob at
Thu Mar 3 23:16:07 CET 2005

On Mar 3, 2005, at 16:57, Louis Pecora wrote:

> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> As far as this code goes, you might be able to just get away with it 
>> if you do:
>> # check for MacPython IDE
>> if hasattr(sys.stdout, '_buf'):
>>     sys.stdout._buf = ...
> You're right this is a test that would shut off the _buf part of the 
> code if I were not using MacPython.
>> It really depends on what the rest of your code looks like.  If it 
>> does sys.stdout.readline() for example, it's still going to be 
>> broken, because you can't normally read from stdout.  The rawinput() 
>> function might do what you want everywhere else, though.
> I can't seem to get rawinput or raw_input() to work.  Ignoring my 
> previous code.  I just want something that can take standard input so, 
> for instance, when I prompt with
> print "Input 2 ints and a float"
> The program will wait until I type, say
> 2 5  5.476  (return)
> Then hand back the three numbers either as a string, a list, or 
> individual int and float types so I can process them with my program.  
> Sort of like
> int i1, i2;
> float f1;
> scanf(" %d %d %e", i1, i2, f1);
> would do in C using stdin.  Or even a gets() which I could then 
> process to pull out the two ints and a float.
> I'm just looking for simple input of numbers and strings.  I'd like to 
> do this from BBEdit rather than MacPython.  Anyone out there done this 
> with TextWrangler?

I don't know a damn thing about TextWrangler, but this works with any 
Python that has a working stdin:

while True:
     text = raw_input("Input 2 ints and a float: ")
         i1, i2, f1 = [t(v) for (t, v) in zip((int, int, float), 
     except ValueError, e:
         print 'Invalid Entry: %s' % (e,)


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