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New guy help with setup

I just downloaded 2.5 and read the readme file. It says "Before you
can build Python, you must first confiigure it....Start by running the
script "./configure".

I can't find "./configure"

I am running Windows XP SP2

btw
Python.exe gives me a black window
Pythonw.exe does nothing (I assume this is a windows interface)

thanks

meg99

Jul 12 '07 #1
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meg99 wrote:
I just downloaded 2.5 and read the readme file. It says "Before you
can build Python, you must first confiigure it....Start by running the
script "./configure".

I can't find "./configure"

I am running Windows XP SP2
You downloaded the wrong file. You want the Windows Installer:
http://python.org/ftp/python/2.5.1/python-2.5.1.msi

HTH
Paul

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pkm ~ http://paulmcnett.com
Jul 12 '07 #2
On Jul 12, 4:24 pm, Paul McNett <p...@ulmcnett.comwrote:
meg99 wrote:
I just downloaded 2.5 and read the readme file. It says "Before you
can build Python, you must first confiigure it....Start by running the
script "./configure".
I can't find "./configure"
I am running Windows XP SP2

You downloaded the wrong file. You want the Windows Installer:http://python.org/ftp/python/2.5.1/python-2.5.1.msi

HTH
Paul

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pkm ~http://paulmcnett.com
My applogies - I did download and install 2.5.1

meg99

Jul 12 '07 #3
meg99 wrote:
On Jul 12, 4:24 pm, Paul McNett <p...@ulmcnett.comwrote:
>meg99 wrote:
>>I just downloaded 2.5 and read the readme file. It says "Before you
can build Python, you must first confiigure it....Start by running the
script "./configure".
I can't find "./configure"
I am running Windows XP SP2
You downloaded the wrong file. You want the Windows Installer:http://python.org/ftp/python/2.5.1/python-2.5.1.msi
My applogies - I did download and install 2.5.1
In that case, open up your command window (Start|Run "cmd" <enter>).

Type 'python' at the c:\ prompt.

Or, Start|All Programs|Python 2.5|IDLE

Enjoy!
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pkm ~ http://paulmcnett.com
Jul 12 '07 #4
On Jul 12, 5:55 pm, meg99 <glen.e.mett...@lmco.comwrote:
got the >>prompt

Type fun things at the >>prompt, such as:
>>print 'Some Obligatroy Greeting Like "Hello World."'
or
>>[x*5 for x in [1,2,3,4,5]]
or
>>import os
os.listdir('.')
[os.isdir(x) for x in os.listdir('.')]
Also, you should now be able to make .py files in a text editor and
run them by double-clicking them. (Hint: If you're just doing print
statements and such, stick a raw_input() at the end of the file so
that the window stays around when you double-click it ...)

But all in all, the .configrue[1] stuff is only for unix-like systems
and stuff like cygwin, windows dosn't usally need to worry about it.

[1] I saw this typo, then decided to leave it as some kind of scary
obscure bad zork pun thing.

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Weaver

Jul 13 '07 #5

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