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Re: Newbie Question:Please help

Karthik Krishnan wrote:
Hi,

I am a newbie to python and I hope this is not a stupid question. I am
trying to run a main method from a Python command line using the command
shell using the command.

python main_test.py

I get the following error.
File "<stdin>", line 1
python main_test.py

Syntax Error: invalid syntax

My main file main_test.py is given below.

#!/usr/bin/env python

""" Test method to run the main method.

"""

def main():
print "Main method called.";
if __name__ = "__main__":
main()
Apart from the syntax error Rob pointed out (use of "=" instead of "=="
as a comparison operator) the output you show makes it seem possible you
are entering the command "python main_test.py" at the Python interpreter
interactive prompt ">>>". That won't work, as you are supposed to enter
Python statements and expressions there.

"python" is an operating system command, so you want to enter "python
main_test.py" in a command window (terminal window, shell window, call
it what you will). I'm guessing (possibly incorrectly) that you are a
Windows user, and got your interactive Python window by choosing "Python
(command line)" from the Start | Programs menu.

See the FAQ for further information, possibly

http://www.python.org/doc/faq/windows/

regards
Steve
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Sep 12 '08 #1
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