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samar shah
samar shah
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who's smart idea was it to change the way the course works at this stage??? had no issues until this part, I am copying this teacher second by second but my app-env/bin/activate returns a syntax error

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Travis Alstrand
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Travis Alstrand
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Hey there samar shah

I don't see a difference in approach in this video. I would make sure of two things when attempting to run your command.

  1. Ensure you have changed directories in your terminal cd <filepath> to the root of this project where your environment is a direct child.

  2. Ensure you're typing the name of your environment correctly. In your post above I see

    my app-env/bin/activate

    In the video, Rachel does not have a space between "my" and "app". I wouldn't recommend adding a space to a folder, file or environment name either as it can cause some issues in the terminal on some OSs. If you have put in a space when creating your env, you can delete it and create a new one if you haven't already gotten a lot of work done.

Otherwise, if you're on Mac and I believe Linux, you'll need to use an escape character to tell the terminal to read that space literally.

source my\ app-env/bin/activate

That forward slash should tell the terminal to take whatever character is next (in this case, the space) literally.

Currently, without it, it's probably thinking that my is some kind of command and throwing an error for you.

Also note, on Windows, the word source isn't necessary, that's why Rachel isn't using it here. If you're on Mac, you'll need that in there.

I hope this helps.