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I am learning python from learnpythonthehardway. In Windows I had no issues with going through a lot of the exercises because the setup was easier, but I want to learn Linux as well and Ubuntu seemed to me the nicest choice.

Now I am having trouble with setting up. I can get access to the terminal and then /usr/lib/python.2.7, but I don't know if I should save the script in this directory? If I try to make a directory inside this through mkdir I can't as permission is denied. I also tried to do chmod but didn't know how or if to do it.

How can I correctly save my script? I would like to be able to run the script like this: user@user$ python sampleexcercise.py and have it work.

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.

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You can save your code in your home directory - normally /home/(your username)/ or ~/ for short. Once you've saved your code you should be able to call it from python by using

$ python ~/myCode/example1.py

if your code was in a folder called myCode (also note that folder & file names are case sensitive)

You don't need to be in the directory /usr/bin/ to run python as that folder is part of your $PATH - which means it's accessible no matter which folder you're in.

You may also want to use IDLE, a commonly used GUI for python. You can install it by searching in the Software Center or by running

$ sudo apt-get install python-idle

  • thanks. really helped. I was actually making the files in desktop than in the home directory... – user1837259 Nov 20 '12 at 0:31
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    The desktop is within your home directory :) – Marcin Kaminski Nov 20 '12 at 1:25

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