[Tutor] newbie needs help

Daniel Yoo dyoo@hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu
Thu, 16 Nov 2000 20:15:22 -0800 (PST)


On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, john smith smith wrote:

> i might seem really stupid here but i tried to create the command line
> enviroment in notepad.i was following the directions in the python
> tutorials for beginners and i was almost finish,but i keep getting
> this message about can't open the file hello.py.i am not sure how to
> check the directory.any help would be sincerely appreciated.i'm using
> windows 98 se and the version of python is 1.5.2 Thanks once again.

Could you copy and past that error to us?  Having it verbatim will help us
understand the situation better.  Also, when you're saving the file,
you'll probably want to save it in a directory that's easy to find later.

As a quick reference, if you're on a DOS prompt, you can type:

  cd \

to go to the very bottom of your directory tree.  You'll probably want to
keep all your Python work in a dedicated directory like "C:\pywork".  In
that case, you can type:

  cd \pywork

Also, you may want to try working with IDLE, which is a nicer text editor
for Python than notepad.  It's included with Python 2.0 and Python 1.52,
and should already be installed under the Python group.  Good luck!