I often use Python 3000's interactive interpreter, but it's missing the convenience of tab-completion I'm used to from ipython, which isn't available for Python 3.x.
How do I enable tab completion in all of them, 2.6 and 3.x?
First, create a new file called
.pythonstartup.py in your home directory. Put the following script in it:
try: import readline except ImportError: print("Module readline not available.") else: import rlcompleter readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete")
The parentheses around the string ensure that it works with both Python 2 and Python 3.
Every time the interactive interpreter is started, it executes a script defined in
$PYTHONSTARTUP, if there is one. To set it to execute the above script, type
You should write this line to your
.bash_profile file, so that it's automatically executed when a new shell is started.