[docs] [issue14191] argparse doesn't allow optionals within positionals

paul j3 report at bugs.python.org
Sat May 11 00:39:01 CEST 2013

paul j3 added the comment:

I should note one caveat:

As a consequence of setting nargs to 0 for the first 'parse_know_args' step, all positional entries in the namespace get an empty list value ([]).  This is produced by 'ArgumentParser._get_values'.  With the builtin action classes this does not cause any problems.

However a custom action class might have problems with this [] value.
For example in 'test_argparse.py', TestActionUserDefined the PositionalAction class does check the values and throws an error with this [] value.

The positional arguments are removed from the namespace before it is passed on to the 2nd 'parse_known_args', so these [] in the first don't affect the final namespace.

I don't think anything about this should be added to main documentation, since it could confuse most readers.  I might add a note of warning to the code itself.


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