[Tutor] Issues In Terminal

David Hutto smokefloat at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 00:03:49 CEST 2010

On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM, Bill DeBroglie
<bill.debroglie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Totally new to this stuff and community so I very much appreciate the help
> and apologize in advance for asking what might be a stupid question... Oh,
> and I'm new to the lingo too!!
> I'm having issues running Python in Terminal. When I run code through the
> interpreter I get:
>        Python 2.6.5 (r236:73959, Mar 24 2010, 01:32:55)
>        [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5943)] on darwin
>        Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more
> information.
>        >>> print("Hello World")
>        Hello World
> Which is great, but when I try and run the same code in the Terminal by
> calling a program I've written (print("hello world") again) I get the
> following:
>        matthews-macbook:Dawson_Book matthewparrilla$ ./chapter_2.py
>        ./chapter_2.py: line 4: syntax error near unexpected token `"Hello
> World"'
>        ./chapter_2.py: line 4: `print("Hello World")'

Pretty sure it's the parentheses, but I'm not an expert. In python 3 you use
print(), in 2.6 you either use import from __futur__ or print "string here".

> I'm using a Mac OS X 10.5.8. I had previously downloaded Python 2.6.5 AND
> 3.1 and had them both on this computer simultaneously but was having trouble
> with 3.1 crashing. I have since put both in the trash but obviously still
> have 2.6.5 on my system, I assume that was the version pre-installed on this
> Mac.
> Any guidance at all would be much appreciated-- I'm totally lost and have
> spent hours trying to figure this out.
> bdb
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