Getting Help with Documentation - Using Pydoc and help

Pydoc

You use pydoc in the same way you use man on linux

Example:

pydoc raw_input

Output:

raw_input(...)
  raw_input([prompt]) -> string

  Read a string from standard input.  The trailing newline is stripped.
  If the user hits EOF (Unix: Ctl-D, Windows: Ctl-Z+Return), raise EOFError.
  On Unix, GNU readline is used if enabled.  The prompt string, if given,
  is printed without a trailing newline before reading.

You can also view a specific function or a package:

pydoc file.seek

Help

To use help you need to be inside the python shell

python

Then:

>>>> help(range)

returns:

range(…) range(stop) -> list of integers range(start, stop[, step]) -> list of integers

Return a list containing an arithmetic progression of integers.
range(i, j) returns [i, i+1, i+2, ..., j-1]; start (!) defaults to 0.
When step is given, it specifies the increment (or decrement).
For example, range(4) returns [0, 1, 2, 3].  The end point is omitted!
These are exactly the valid indices for a list of 4 elements.