I am using emacs-24.3, which comes with python.el and IPython support out of the box (or so they say).

Is there documentation for this mode? Where can I find it?

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    If the question is about doc for a mode, consult the doc string of the mode function (e.g., python-mode or whatever). If that doc is incomplete, consider letting the library author/maintainer know (file an enhancement/bug report). While consulting the Commentary of the source file can help for things like installing or configuring, users should get help on the mode itself by C-h f for the mode function.
    – Drew
    Dec 17, 2014 at 16:49

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You can visit the file python.el.gz which defines the mode doing M-xfind-libraryRETpythonRET. The commentary at the beginning of the file is pretty comprehensive.

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    +1 for explaining how Emacs can help to figure out how to figure it out.
    – Dan
    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:47
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    Note that it's common for libraries to have detailed commentaries, so find-library should be a standard tool when you're looking for documentation.
    – phils
    Dec 17, 2014 at 23:43

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