[docs] [issue9583] Document startup option/environment interaction

Buck Golemon report at bugs.python.org
Tue Sep 21 02:07:23 CEST 2010

Buck Golemon <buck.golemon at amd.com> added the comment:

If I understand this code, it means that PYTHONOPTIMIZE set to 1 or 2 works as expected, but set to 0, gives a flag value of 1.

static int
add_flag(int flag, const char *envs)
        int env = atoi(envs);
        if (flag < env)
                flag = env;
        if (flag < 1)
                flag = 1;
        return flag;

Read literally, the man page indicates that any integer value will give a flag value of 2. 

I agree my shell script is probably unusual, but I believe setting this environment value to zero and expecting the feature to be off (given no contradicting options) is reasonable.

I petition to remove the second if statement above (environment value of "0" yields no flag).

I'd also love to provide a numeric argument to -O, to dynamically set this value more readily, but that is lower importance.

I can implement these and run the unit tests if required.


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