Blurb on python
I use Python interactively a lot, so it's useful to add some autocompletion for commands and object methods. In addition, it's nice to retain command-line history between interactive sessions. First of all, add the following line to your .bashrc:
Create a file ~/.pythonrc:
# Add auto-completion and a stored history file of commands to your Python # interactive interpreter. Requires Python 2.0+, readline. Autocomplete is # bound to the Esc key by default (you can change it - see readline docs). # # Store the file in ~/.pystartup, and set an environment variable to point # to it: "export PYTHONSTARTUP=/max/home/itamar/.pystartup" in bash. # # Note that PYTHONSTARTUP does *not* expand "~", so you have to put in the # full path to your home directory. import atexit import os import readline import rlcompleter historyPath = os.path.expanduser("~/.pyhistory") def save_history(historyPath=historyPath): import readline readline.write_history_file(historyPath) if os.path.exists(historyPath): readline.read_history_file(historyPath) atexit.register(save_history) del os, atexit, readline, rlcompleter, save_history, historyPath print " Press ESC for command-line completion (twice for guesses)." print " History is saved to ~/.pyhistory."
The next type you run python interactively, use ESCAPE for command-line completion.
I just installed ipython (0.6), an "enhanced interactive Python shell". It has commandline completion and some other neat features built-in, so it might be a better choice if it's available on your system. As a note, there are two other IDEs available with the latest Debian (Sarge): eric and IDLE.