'-m' option (was RE: [Python-Dev] ConfigParser patches)

Carlos Ribeiro carribeiro at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 16:29:41 CEST 2004

On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 10:01:10 -0400, Aahz <aahz at pythoncraft.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 04, 2004, Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> >
> > Could Nick's idea be done without an -m option?  If a user types,
> > "python abc.py" and "abc.py" is not found, before aborting, try looking
> > for it on sys.path.
> -1 -- too much magic

It's exactly what virtually every shell does. I sincerely don't think
this would come up as surprise. On the other hand, I've often became
frustrated to have to type long (I mean looooong) paths by hand,
without autocompletion to help (welcome to the Windows DOS box!), just
to discover that the script wasn't exactly at *that* point, but still
it could be found somewhere down the path.
(Just to mention, and for the sake of completeness: instead of
sys.path, it could search on the shell path... but that's not a good
solution either, it seems even more arbitrary)

OTOH, I'm also a little bit concerned about YACLO, because there's
always more cruft to add. And finally, why '-m'? Just because this
letter was available ;-) ? I think that for some stuff, long names are
better, even if I have to type them sometimes, and specially if I can
have the default stored somewhere.

Carlos Ribeiro
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