[Tutor] Python using RXVT vs Konsole?

brandon w bbbgggwww at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 05:24:55 CET 2012

I am using fluxbox an a window manager not KDE. That may have something to
do with it.
I will ask in another forum.

Running: >>> import readline in both terminals succeded.

Thank you for your help.


On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 09:07:46PM -0500, brandon w wrote:
> > I have noticed the difference in terminals when using the Python
> > interpreter.
> > I am able to up-arrow to get the last typed command using rxvt but when I
> > use konsole and I press the up-arrow I get the symbols: ^[[A
> > Why is that? Is this the right place to ask this question? I want to be
> > able to
> > use the up-arrow in all terminals so I don't have to type as much.
> Assuming you are using the same Python executable in both terminals,
> then it isn't a problem with Python, but with the settings for Konsole.
> Which surprises me, since I've used Konsole and it just works fine.
> (Although if you're using KDE 4, nothing would surprise me...)
> Try this, in both terminals:
> Start the Python interactive interpreter
> Enter import readline
> If they both succeed, then the problem is that Konsole is (somehow!) not
> using readline when it should be. You may need to ask for help in a KDE
> forum.
> If you are using two different Python executables, then possibly one of
> them is not built using the readline library, in which case you should
> install the GNU readline utils package on that machine and re-build
> Python.
> If none of these things help, you may need to ask the question on the
> main Python list, python-list at python.org or comp.lang.python.
> --
> Steven
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