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All I wrote in the interpreter was as follows:

>>> print "Hello, World!"
  File "<stdin>", line 1
    print "Hello, World!"
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

How did I even get an error? All I tried to do was run a print command.

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I've edited out your second question. If you still want the answer to that question, go ahead and ask it in a separate question post. – Flimm Jan 21 '13 at 22:12
This is a basic programming in Python syntax question. It probably isn't appropriate for AskUbuntu. – Ken Kinder Jan 21 '13 at 23:19
up vote 12 down vote accepted

In Python3 print is a function:

print("Hello, World!")


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And I now feel like a nooblet. Thanks for helping me out! – Switchkick Nov 4 '10 at 11:22
Yeah. This is going to cause me a shedload of issues when Ubuntu (or me on my own) finally moves to Python 3.x – Oli Nov 4 '10 at 11:23
The "2to3" tool should easily fix this ones. – João Pinto Nov 4 '10 at 11:42

One of the major changes in Python 3 is that print has become a function. Try using:

print('Hello World')

That should work.

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Python 3 has changed print from being a statement to being a function. This is how you print "hello world" in Python 3:

print("Hello world")

I recommend taking a look at What's new in Python 3, this issue is the first one mentioned on the list.

I also recommend asking any programming questions on StackOverflow, in my experience, they are welcoming to beginners.

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