[IPython-dev] Helping battle testing the newapp branch

Min RK benjaminrk at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 12:20:47 EDT 2011

On Jun 21, 2011, at 9:12, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 6/21/11 10:23 AM, Min RK wrote:
>> On Jun 21, 2011, at 1:05, Fernando Perez<fperez.net at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:22 PM, MinRK<benjaminrk at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>> newapp has been merged into master.
>>> Thanks!
>>> BTW, I think we should add back the (ugly, I know) special-case of
>>> honoring -pylab with a single dash.  We've talked about this before,
>>> while it's ugly, this is written in *many* places, including books and
>>> published papers, as the way to start ipython with plotting/numerical
>>> support.  I think it's worth the friendliness to users who arrive via
>>> that path to have that option just work, even if it means an ugly two
>>> lines of code special-casing '-pylab' in sys.argv...
>> It doesn't have to be ugly - we could easily allow flags to be specified with one or two leading '-'.  Currently, one '-' cannot be valid, so it is safe to allow it.
> Well, '-pylab' gets parsed the same as '-p ylab'. Maybe just add an alias "ylab" 
> for the pylab profile?

-pylab is rejected as an invalid argument, just as anything prefixed with just one leading '-'. Flags currently require a '--' prefix, but that is entirely artificial. Allowing the shorter leading '-' is a trivial change, and might ease the transition for people.


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