Hello,

I'm using python (version 2.5.2, under debian lenny for personnal use on

my notebook, and version 2.6 under Windows XP with my students) for

teaching an introduction to algorithmic at High School (in France). I'm

also using IDLE as IDE.

Here is my problem (I try to solve it under linux fisrt):

1) I wrote a .pythonrc.py file with the two lines

from __future__ import division

from math import *

2) in my .bashrc file I wrote

PYTHONSTARTUP = "/home/fred/.pythonrc.py"

export PYTHONSTARTUP

3) when invoking python interactively in a terminal, it works fine:

>>> 1/3

0.33333333333333331

>>> sqrt(5)

2.2360679774997898

4) I wrote a small script file test.py which contains

print sqrt(2)

print 1/3

Editing/testing this file with IDLE with the following command line:

idle-python2.5 -n -s test.py

and executing it with F5 gives the lines

IDLE 1.2.2 ==== No Subprocess ====

>>>

>>>

1.41421356237

0

So I have here a first problem with 1/3 division that should give a

float result (according to the startup file import from __future__).

5) More annoying yet, when launching IDLE through the menu (under

gnome), even the sqrt(2) command is not accepted (NameError: name 'sqrt'

is not defined). I have checked that IDLE is launched with the

command /usr/bin/idle-python2.5 -n -s

Does anyone know how to solve this ? (of course I know that I could

write 1.0/3, or also I could migrate to python 3). I simply want to

"simplify" the python syntax for my students, so that "/" operator is

always for them the usual (float) division, and usual math functions are

available, this WITHOUT having to write any import at the top of their

script.

Thank's in advance for any valuable help.

Frederic.

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