installing iPython for better interactive shell.
python setup.py build
sudo python setup.py install
found references to iPython and installed that
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wanted interpreter history in python.
after looking, it didn't look like there was a simple way to get command history on the mac using built in interpreter.
python interpreter history mac osx - Google Search
Add history and completion to python interpreter - Alec's page - by Alec
Adjust your monitor brightness - Alec's page - by Alec
python readline - Google Search
To readline() or readlines() - Peterbe.com (Peter Bengtsson on Python, Zope, Kung Fu, London and photos)
15.8 rlcompleter -- Completion function for GNU readline