I am using Emacs with the ein package to edit ipython files. Everything works fine except when I have a line like:

fhandle = raw_input('enter your file name: ')

to prompt for a file name. The ipython subprocess that is running inside Emacs stops responding. (there is a little star at In[] that indicates this).

When I run the same command in the usual jupyter notebook web interface it works fine as usual. (there is a little box where it prompts me for the file name). I am thinking emacs + ein somehow doesn't have this capability?. What am I doing wrong here?. I am using python 2.7.

  • I am not using ein but I have the same behaviour. Have have you solved?
    – Nisba
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 17:37

1 Answer 1


I am using emacs 25.2

In my case I tink that this was the problem https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/issues/8797

I solved setting up Python 3 and installing python-mode.

Note that in Python 3 raw_input has been replaced by input.

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