paul j3 added the comment:
A simpler solution is to make a copy of each Action when importing a parent parser. The current practice is to just copy references. With a copy, an Action will belong to only one group and parser, and the 'resolve' handler will operate without problems.
In the attached patch, I added a `.copy` method to Action. I believe '.option_strings' is the only attribute that needs special handling, since it is a list, and 'resolve' operates on it. The other attributes are strings, or objects that the user defines (e.g. 'default', 'choices').
The other change is in '_add_container_actions', the method which imports parents. Here I make the copy action contingent on a 'action_copy' attribute of the conflict handler object (a function). I also define this attribute for the 'resolve' handler. I've made this copy contingent just to be safe w/r to backward compatibility, even though, I can't think of a reason for preferring the existing copy by reference.
In another Stackoverflow question, a poster wanted to use the same parent for 2 subparsers, but give the 2 actions different defaults. This copy approach solves that issue.
This patch needs testing and documentation changes.
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