[IPython-user] ipython on windows

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Wed Oct 5 16:07:09 CDT 2005

Hi Jonathan,

Jonathan Taylor wrote:

> was wondering if anyone has any tips on using ipython for windows in
> terms of a better shell environment, configuring the editor, etc.
> i wondered if it was possible to use ipython as the shell in the
> standard IDLE with its editor as the ipython editor. 
> while i am not a huge fan of IDLE on its own, i thought that it at least
> looked better than the default windows shell used by the default install
> of ipython.

Sorry if I can't offer any advice, as I don't use win32 myself.  At scipy'05 I 
did help Travis set it up on his win32 laptop, and I noticed one could tweak 
the colors/fonts/window size for the shell window.  Also note that ipython 
honors the $EDITOR variable, and you can even write (it's very easy, and I can 
point you to details if you need) your own editor starter function if you want 
finer control over editor interaction.

As far as making ipython the internal IDLE shell, that can be hacked but is 
currently not really a workable solution.  IPython still makes too many 
assumptions about stdin/out which clash with living inside a Tk GUI.  Note 
however that the separation into a kernel which is happening for both the 
parallel and the notebook projects will make such a thing cleanly possible in 
the future.



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