[Tutor] help with getting python to run from command prompt onWindows XP

Brian van den Broek broek at cc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Jan 15 17:27:19 CET 2009

Alan Gauld said unto the world at 14/01/09 07:34 PM:
> "Brian van den Broek" <vanden at gmail.com> wrote
>> icon for Idle launching as expected. When run from IDLE, `print 
>> sys.executable' yields `C:\\Python26\\pythonw.exe'.
>> He reports that C:\Python26 contains both python.exe and pythonw.exe.
>> I've had him add the text `;C:\Python26' (without quotes) to the end 
>> of his Path environment variable via the Control Panel|System 
>> Properties way of editing Environment variables. I've had him reboot 
>> afterwards.
> Get him to type
> SET > env.txt
> at the DOS prompt that should list all environment variables into env.txt
> Get him to email that file to you and check what it says about PATH.
>> After all of that, he reports that an attempt to run python from the 
>> command prompt produces a complaint that `` `python' is not recognized 
>> as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.''
> What happens if he types
> C:PROMPT> C:\Python26\python.exe
> In other words uses the full path?

Hi all,

Thanks to all respondents for the input. Apologies for the delay in 
reply; there's a bit of a lag as I'm communicating with my friend by 
email, too.

With the full path, python loads as expected. I'm awaiting the results of
SET > env.txt
as per Alan's suggestion above.

If that doesn't clear it up for me, I shall report back.

Thanks again,

Brian vdB

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