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Author terry.reedy
Recipients docs@python, georg.brandl, loewis, ncoghlan, terry.reedy
Date 2012-04-10.06:47:01
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C:\Programs\Python32\Tools\Scripts>..\..\pythonw pydocgui.pyw -b
has the same behavior I described. So does -g.

The shortcut has been part of the Windows installation for many versions. It obviously uses

C:\Programs\Python32\Lib> -b
# starts one python.exe process
# prints on the next lines in the command window
Server ready at http://localhost:50695/
Server commands: [b]rowser, [q]uit
# and opens blank localhost:50695 browser window
after asking for permission for python to access local network (which I gave). 'b' at prompt opens another blank window.

C:\Programs\Python32\Lib> -w difflib
wrote difflib.html
#which it did, looking as expected when opened in browser, with lots of cross-links.

So what it seems is not working in either case is opening the html page in the browser or connecting it to the server.

opens the page in *Internet Explorer* rather than Firefox (my default browser). pydoc tried to connect to the server in a new FF tab.

When I re-ran pydoc and tried to open localhost:50695 in IE, it gave me the result of a Bing search (one help forum post), so neither browser can find anything at that url.
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2012-04-10 06:47:03terry.reedysetrecipients: + terry.reedy, loewis, georg.brandl, ncoghlan, docs@python
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