I am a new emacs user and was following the guide here:


In order to set up emacs as my default IDE. I have anaconda installed and updated.

I ran into a couple of problems with my init.el file but I think I have it in a place where emacs is happy to start without an error now:

;; init.el --- Emacs configuration

;; --------------------------------------

(require 'package)

(add-to-list 'package-archives
       '("melpa" . "http://melpa.org/packages/") t)

(when (not package-archive-contents)

(defvar myPackages

(mapc #'(lambda (package)
    (unless (package-installed-p package)
      (package-install package)))

;; --------------------------------------

(setq inhibit-startup-message t) ;; hide the startup message
(load-theme 'material t) ;; load material theme

;; --------------------------------------

(setq python-shell-interpreter "ipython"
      python-shell-interpreter-args "-i --simple-prompt")

;; use flycheck not flymake with elpy
(require 'elpy)
(when (require 'flycheck nil t)
  (setq elpy-modules (delq 'elpy-module-flymake elpy-modules))
  (add-hook 'elpy-mode-hook 'flycheck-mode))

;; enable autopep8 formatting on save
(require 'py-autopep8)
(add-hook 'elpy-mode-hook 'py-autopep8-enable-on-save)

;; init.el ends here

But when I try to run some simple python code:

x = "There are %d types of people." % 10
binary = "binary"
do_not = "don't"
y = "Those who know %s and those who %s" % (binary, do_not)

print x
print y

print "I said: %r" % x
print "I also said: '%s'." % y

hilarious = false
joke_valuation = "Isn't that joke so funny?! %r"

print joke_evaluation % hilarious

w = "This is the left side of..."
e = "a string with a right side."

print w + e

with C-c C-c it asks me to start a python process first, but when I try C-c C-p it returns "Searching for program: no such file or directory, ipython."

But if I try 'conda install ipython' in anaconda it tells me it is already installed, as it comes with the base version of conda.

I'm sure I'm misunderstanding something simple but I can't seem to work out what I'm doing wrong.

  • What does which ipython in the terminal give you? – Mic May 13 '18 at 12:55
  • (base) C:\Users\Chris>which ipython 'which' is not recognized as an internal or exte operable program or batch file. (base) C:\Users\Chris>where ipython C:\Users\Chris\Anaconda2\Scripts\ipython.exe – Violatic May 13 '18 at 13:06
  • Please tell more about your system. What does ipython gives in a terminal? It looks like ipython is not in your path, so the command that the emacs package issues fails. I might be wrong. – Mic May 13 '18 at 13:07
  • (base) C:\Users\Chris>ipython Python 2.7.14 |Anaconda, Inc.| (default, Nov 8 2017, 13:40:45) [MSC v.1500 64 b it (AMD64)] Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. IPython 5.6.0 -- An enhanced Interactive Python. ? -> Introduction and overview of IPython's features. %quickref -> Quick reference. help -> Python's own help system. object? -> Details about 'object', use 'object??' for extra details. In [1]: You could be right about it not being in the path, how do I check / add it if it's not? – Violatic May 13 '18 at 13:08
  • 1
    MS Windows equivalent of which ipython is where ipython. ipython needs to be on OS path (to check what Emacs sees as your path try evaluating in shell / term buffer echo %path%). Alternatively, you can M-x getenv path. Emacs will typically use the system path to populate its exec-path too, but if you made changes after starting Emacs, or Emacs is started by a different user, your path may, of course be different. You may then need to modify its configuration (eg. by calling M-x setenv path newpath) to make it see the executable you are trying to run. – wvxvw May 13 '18 at 14:01

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