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  • 2 years ago

We have a question that have come into the Mechanical MOOC feedback e-mail. Anyone know the answer? "I have IDLE already installed, however it's running Python 3.3. For this mechanical mooc, Python 2.6.6 is required, which I have also downloaded. Do I need to install ANOTHER version of IDLE to run 2.6.6??"

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  1. eSpeX
    • 2 years ago
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    You should get a new IDLE shortcut when you install the new version of python, if not, all you need to do is create one that points to the 2.6.6 directory of python.

  2. lollya3
    • 2 years ago
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    Hi - this was my question. I'm not getting any shortcuts when I installed the 2.6.6 version. Can you explain specifically how I create a shortcut? Thanks!

  3. estudier
    • 2 years ago
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    I am a bit unclear as to why shortcuts are not being created on your system (what is your operating system?) In any case, I think you might get problems running 3.3 alongside 2.6.6 especially in Windows (eg things like double clicking a .py file and it running in 3.3) Unless you have a specific need for 3.3 I would uninstall it for now and just install 2.6.6 (actually 2.7.3 should also be fine and possibly a better choice).

  4. eSpeX
    • 2 years ago
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    Create a shortcut as you would for any other program, assuming a windows environment, create a new shortcut whose target is your pythonw.exe in the installation directory of the version you wish to execute. However, if you are merely looking for an IDE then I would suggest you have a look at pyscripter as it supports multiple versions. http://code.google.com/p/pyscripter/

  5. lollya3
    • 2 years ago
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    I'm on a mac - Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.2......

  6. eSpeX
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    Try locating your installation directory and execute the idle.py script directly. <Python install>/Lib/idlelib/idle.py

  7. lollya3
    • 2 years ago
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    The easiest method for me was to just install 2.6.6 and make sure I got IDLE 2.6.6.....so now I'm set for the class. The other IDLE crash when I open preferences, so actually 2.6.6 works the best for me. Thanks for everyone's help! I'll be asking a lot of questions when the class starts...fyi.

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