Boston Python Workshop 8/Friday/Linux interactive Python

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Practice starting and exiting Python[edit]

  1. Open a Terminal command prompt. You can find the Terminal application at Applications/Accessories/Terminal, or it may already be on your menu bar.
  2. To start Python, type
    python
    

    at the command prompt and press enter. You should see something like

    Python 2.7.5 (r252:60911, Jan 24 2011, 17:44:40) 
    [GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    >>> 
    
    The >>> indicates that you are at a Python prompt.
  3. Exit the Python prompt by typing
    exit()
    
    and pressing enter. Now you're back at the Linux command prompt that has a $ sign.

Success![edit]

Practice these steps until you feel comfortable navigating to a command prompt, starting Python, and exiting Python.

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