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I recently moved from Windows to Ubuntu and am settling into a new text-editor; gedit.

With its plugins, gedit is surprisingly capable.
I thought I would need to run"Notepad++ in Wine", but the whole Ubuntu experience has thrown that idea out the wndow... (as there is simply no need to hang on to Notepad++).

Come to think of it, I've thrown Windows out the window, too... thanks to my Windows box dying. :)

One thing which a gedit plugin can do is to run an embedded Python console.
I have tried a couple, but they seem to only cater to Python 2.
(I do have Python 3 installed)

Is there a gedit plugin which fires up a Python 3 console?


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yes there is.

Better Python Console

Actualy there are a lot of good plugins for development on Gedit. Take a look at .

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I have tried Better Python Console. It presented me with Python 2 in its console. Perhaps there is some config tweaking I need to do to tell gedit which Python version to use... but I don't know how to do this. (Also, Better Python Console runs in a seperate window, via F5. Is this really any different to binding IDLE to F5?)... It is all new to me... all comments are welcome. – Peter.O Oct 3 '10 at 19:52
Ubuntu comes with 2.6.x as default. did you install version 3 of python manualy? if so you need to tell the system which verstion to use. – Decio Lira Oct 3 '10 at 22:15
also, ubuntu specific question may have better answers on which is a sister site of – Decio Lira Oct 3 '10 at 22:17
I used Synaptic Package Manager to install Python 3 and IDLE (for Python 3). Aside from that, I've done nothing else, as I don't know what to do. I was a reluctant to change a system setting which would override Ubuntu's default Python interpreter, as there may be pre-installed scripts which rely on it being 2.x... Thanks for the tip about ubuntu.stackexchange. – Peter.O Oct 4 '10 at 5:51

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