[Tutor] basic question about help()
Brian van den Broek
bvande at po-box.mcgill.ca
Mon Mar 15 22:48:22 EST 2004
this one has stumped me early on in my attempt to learn Python and
I'm afraid it will have one of those "make's you feel silly for
asking" answers, but here goes:
Sure enough, a long list of topics comes up. But for almost all
entries in that list, if FOO is in the list, typing 'foo' at the
no Python documentation found for 'foo'
whereas typing 'FOO' yields:
Sorry, topic and keyword documentation is not available because
the Python HTML documentation files could not be found. If you
have installed them, please set the environment variable
PYTHONDOCS to indicate their location.
However, the HTML Python docs can be accessed via IDLE's help
menu, so I know they are there. And, from within the documentation
browser, a search and check of the index for information about the
PYTHONDOCS environment variable comes up empty.
So, how do I make help work? Where do I set this environment
If it matters, I am using Windows and all Python files live on my
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