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On Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 9:28:09 AM UTC-4, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Aug 2018 05:21:30 -0700, pjmclenon wrote:
> 
> > my question is ... at the moment i can only run it on windows cmd prompt
> > with a multiple line entry as so::
> > 
> > python createIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testCollection.dat
> > testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat
> > 
> > and then to query and use the newly created index as so:
> > 
> > python queryIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat
> > 
> > how can i run just one file at a time?
> 
> I don't understand the question. You are running one file at a time. 
> First you run createIndex_tfidf.py, then you run queryIndex_tfidf.py
> 
> Maybe you mean to ask how to combine them both to one call of Python?
> 
> (1) Re-write the createIndex_tfidf.py and queryIndex_tfidf.py files to be 
> in a single file.
> 
> (2) Or, create a third file which runs them both one after another.
> 
> That third file doesn't even need to be a Python script. It could be a 
> shell script, it would look something like this:
> 
> 
> python createIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testCollection.dat 
> testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat
> python queryIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat
> 
> 
> and you would then call it from whatever command line shell you use.
> 
> 
> > ..or actually link to a front end
> > GUI ,so when an question or word or words is input to the input box..it
> > can go to the actiona dnrun the above mentioned lines of code
> 
> You can't "link to a front end GUI", you have to write a GUI application 
> which calls your scripts.
> 
> There are many choices: tkinter is provided in the Python standard 
> library, but some people prefer wxPython, PyQT4, or other GUI toolkits.
> 
> https://duckduckgo.com/?q=python+gui+toolkits
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Steven D'Aprano
> "Ever since I learned about confirmation bias, I've been seeing
> it everywhere." -- Jon Ronson

thank you for the reply
actually your response was pretty much exactly what i am trying to do

so i will explain what i meant more better 
also i will have to learn shell script cuz i looked it up online and it seems i have to download something and then some other stuff....unless you have  the short steps on how to write a shell script for a win 7 cmd prompt to call 2 or more python scripts

so what i meant to say in my 1st post is  i have to 1st run the create index program , which i have to run as so:

python createIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testCollection.dat
testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat 

i tried b4 a while ago to run the .py file alone but it returns index out of range errors..so thats why i have to run it with the other 4 .dat files

it takes a few minutes to build the index and then the prompt returns me to the folder im in and 
then i run this:

python queryIndex_tfidf.py stopWords.dat testIndex.dat titleIndex.dat 

same reason as b4 , i cant run just .py file alone , as it returns index out of range errors

so that takes another few more minutes and then the cursor keeps blinking and i have to adjust the script some how because i just wait till i can try to input a query at the blinking cursor

so for example..hello world 
and it will return the titles up to 100, cuz thats the max returns i put in the script

so thats completetly perfect what you said ..create a 3rd script..a shell script to call the total i beleive its 9 files in total.....but like i said i dont know shell scripting , so i will try to learn it ..hope its not too complicated...or i can make a 3rd python script ...but not sure how to call the 2 python files and 7 .dat files...sorry even though its a year or so i know python..still get lost on import and from and include directives


as for the GUI ok i will check out your advice..cuz actually i do have a GUI version of this program here..and i wanted to merge them..but its seeming to be complex...i would rather make the GUI for this program cuz its actually exactly as i like it
thank you for any more explanation on how i can make and run the 3rd merge file script

tommy