[Tutor] Starting python from a DOS prompt from any directory?

Luke Paireepinart rabidpoobear at gmail.com
Sun Dec 31 09:46:15 CET 2006

Alan Gauld wrote:
> "Daniel McQuay" <simplebob at gmail.com> wrote
>> from a DOS prompt. i am used to running python from a linux box 
>> where you
>> can just type "python" or "python24" from a shell prompt and the 
>> python
>> shell executes from any directory.
>> testing code. now i am using a windows xp media center edition 
>> laptop with
>> python 2.5 installed and when i go to run and then type "cmd" and 
>> then type
>> "python" from the directory where the run "cmd" command drops me it 
>> says
>> 'python' is not a recognized as an internal or external command.
> You need to set up your PATH environment variable to include the
> python directory. You do this on XP(not so sure about Media Centre!)
> via the MyComputer->Properties->Advanced->Environment Variables route
> Once there you need to find the PATH variable and edit it to add the
> folder where Python lives (look at the properties of the shortcut to
> Python that you normally use to stat it).
Also, if you just need a temporary fix (say you're using Python on 
someone else's system and you don't want to permanently change their PATH)
you can type
path = %path%;c:\python25
to add it to your path just for that DOS session.

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