[Python-Dev] Small additions to optparser

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri Apr 30 13:30:37 EDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-04-30 at 11:23, Dan Gass wrote:

> It would be nice to have a way for the white space to be cleaned up in the 
> help string.  This would be useful when using multiline triple quoted 
> strings to pass in help text to the option parser and you want to indent the 
> help text on each line so the source code reads well.

I use:

def parseargs():
    parser = OptionParser(...)
    parser.add_option('-a', '--age', action='store', default='1w',
Confirmations older than this value are removed.  age is a float number
followed by one of the following unit specifier letters:

m - minutes
h - hours
d - days
w - weeks""")


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