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Problems with Python and Mac OSX

 
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So her is my problem I have a Macbook running OS 10.6.5 and i have python 2.x and 3.x installed on it and I can run python in the terminal but if I try to run the idle it just bounces for a few seconds then disappears. can anyone help.

 
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Can you run python idle.py from a terminal ? It would give you the error message ... (I never used a mac)

 
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There is a known problem with tkinter on that version of Mac OS (32 versus 4 bit problem). http://bugs.python.org/issue9227

 
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Um I don't use tkinter but as for running idle.py I try to run it and it gives me no such directory error.

 
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Um I don't use tkinter but as for running idle.py I try to run it and it gives me no such directory error.

can you post the full traceback ?

 
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Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Resources/Python.app/Contents/MacOS/Python: can't open file 'idle.py': [Errno 2] No such file or directory
thats it

 
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Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Resources/Python.app/Contents/MacOS/Python: can't open file 'idle.py': [Errno 2] No such file or directory
thats it

idle.py should be in idlelib. Try this in a python interpreter

>>> import idlelib
>>> print(idlelib.__file__)

it should give you the path to idlelib.

 
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/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/idlelib/__init__.pyc


thats what it gave me.

 
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/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/idlelib/__init__.pyc


thats what it gave me.

Then try python /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/idlelib/idle.py

 
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it started the idle

 
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it started the idle

great !

 
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is that how I have to start the IDLE from now on

 
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is that how I have to start the IDLE from now on

I don't know mac osx well enough (not at all in fact). You could perhaps make a shortcut to idle.py on your desktop and see if a menu allows you to execute the script, or a double click...

You could also post the problem in the mac osx forum http://www.daniweb.com/forums/forum109.html

 
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Well I was trying to fix the Idle so I could use SPE cause that doesn't work as well I thought they might be related I'm not sure.

 
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well I haven't found any SPE troubleshooting so is there any other free python IDEs you can recommend cause I'm not sure what to use what do you use?

 
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well I haven't found any SPE troubleshooting so is there any other free python IDEs you can recommend cause I'm not sure what to use what do you use?

No I can't recommend an ide. I'm using a home-made ide :). But try spyder, it looks promising.

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