[Python-Dev] quit() on the prompt

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 7 23:36:48 CET 2006

Ian Bicking wrote:
> class Quitter(object):
>      def __init__(self, name):
>          self.name = name
>      def __repr__(self):
>          return 'Use %s() to exit' % self.name
>      def __call__(self):
>          raise SystemExit()
> quit = Quitter('quit')
> exit = Quitter('exit')
> This is not very magical, but I think is more helpful than the current 
> behavior.  It does not satisfy the "just do what I said" argument for 
> not requiring the call (quit() not quit), but eh -- I guess it seemed 
> like everything that didn't require a call had some scary corner case 
> where the interpreter would abruptly exit.

It also nicely aligns with the way that license() and help() already work at 
the interactive prompt.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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