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Python shell: Arrow keys not working in PuTTY

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I want to use the Python 3.4 interpreter interactively (with centos 5), via a PuTTY ssh session. Currently, the arrow keys do not work:

$ /usr/local/bin/python3.4 

Python 3.4.2 (default, Feb 11 2015, 15:06:33) 

[GCC 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-55)] on linux 

Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. 

>>> ^[[A 

I tried the following thread also
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/893053/python-shell-arrow-keys-do-not-work-on-remote-machine

which suggests that the problem can be fixed by installing the readline package followed by the rebuild of Python. Can anyone comment on the easiest way to fix this? Is a rebuild of Python necessary?

posted Feb 23, 2015 by anonymous

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Please try below steps:

  1. Open a putty terminal to a linux PC (I'm using RedHat)
  2. Open Python 2.7.* - using the command python2.7 (note: error does not appear in 2.6)
  3. import codecs
  4. Now use the arrow keys, and these bizarre characters appear.
answer Feb 25, 2015 by Amit Kumar Pandey
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