Author terry.reedy
Recipients eryksun, jcea, nedbat, r.david.murray, serhiy.storchaka, steven.daprano, terry.reedy
Date 2019-03-20.16:34:35
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I recently opened Python in a Mac Terminal (bash) window, tried help(ob), and being a beginner in this situation, had the same terrible frustrating experience.  I am leaving this open to implement David Murray's suggestion and changed the title accordingly.

On Windows, in Command Prompt and Power Shell, a prompt appears when help output is done and the text remains.  This is the same as when one enters any other Python statement that produces output.  (The only difference is the intermediate paging.)  I think that this standard Python behavior, or something close, should be the default help behavior on all systems.  (It is on IDLE.)
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