Getting Python to print "hello world"

I have python on opensuse 10.2. This was extracted via a gunzip tar file to a newly created directory just below root - i.e. /python. I used YAST for the C compiler but needed to get some experience using TAR and manually going through these steps.

In any event it looks like the make files installed everything OK. The question is how do I “start” it and where can you do a command such as print “hello world” or 8*8=64? Also is there a graphical interface to this utility as well?

This is the directory hierarchy:

linux102:/python # ls
Python-2.6.1 Python-2.6.1.tar
linux102:/python # cd Python-2.6.1
linux102:/python/Python-2.6.1 # ls
build Grammar Makefile PC RISCOS
config.log Include Makefile.pre PCbuild setup.py
config.status install-sh Makefile.pre.in pyconfig.h Tools
configure Lib Misc pyconfig.h.in
configure.in libpython2.6.a Modules python
Demo LICENSE Objects Python
Doc Mac Parser README
linux102:/python/Python-2.6.1 #

Orinda wrote:
> I have python on opensuse 10.2. This was extracted via a gunzip tar file
> to a newly created directory just below root - i.e. /python. I used YAST

Totally unnecessary

Python has been included with SuSE and openSUSE since the dawn of mankind
(well, so to speak…)

Just do ‘zypper in python’ or install with YaST and your DVD.

When Python is installed, it’s called with ‘python’ on the command line in a
terminal window.
$python
Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Dec 1 2008, 17:47:46)
[GCC 4.2.1 (SUSE Linux)] on linux2
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
>>>

The ‘hello World’ exercise couldn’t be simpeler:

>>> “Hello World”
‘Hello World’
>>> print “Hello World”
Hello World
>>>

Ctrl-D exits the Python interpreter.