Running Python on Windows XP

I wrote an article on installing Python; a bit of chat about why and a bit about how. I got myself a copy of the O’Reilley “Learning Python” book and started working my way through it. For various reasons, I decided to try it on Windows; I thought the binary install would be easier and I had some reasons for not trying it on Solaris. The windows install from python.org is quite cute, as you would expect but it requires some further configuration before the python imports and module search works properly. When finished, when typing ‘python’, the command interpreter starts. This means I can use the command line to run programs, or I can iconise the modules, or create batch files containing the python module invocation. The original article has hyper-links to sites that helped me.

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Originally posted on my sun/oracle blog and published on https://blogdavelevy.info in June 2016.

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