[Python-Dev] Pronouncement on PEP 389: argparse?

Olemis Lang olemis at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 21:20:45 CET 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Steven Bethard
<steven.bethard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Olemis Lang <olemis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I thought that one of the following approaches would be considered :
>>  - let optparse remain in stdlib (as is or not ...)
>>  - re-implement optparse (i.e. a module having the same name ;o) using
>>    argparse
>> isn't it ?
> Please read the PEP if you haven't, particularly the "Why isn't the
> functionality just being added to optparse?" section. I don't believe
> it is sensible to re-implement all of optparse. What Ian Bicking is
> proposing, I believe, is simpler -- adding a few aliases here and
> there so that you don't have to rename so many things when you're
> upgrading from optparse to argparse.

Well, I was actually thinking about adding such aliases in that module
and leave argparse just like it is today (and make the aliases as
compatible with optparse as possible ;o). So probably we're talking
about very similar things that will be placed in different places in
stdlib .

> For what it's worth, I'm still not sure it's a good idea,

... at least that way changes to have optparse-like interface will be
in a separate module. Or otherwise implement optparse like shown below


from argparse.optparse import *

and do the rest in argparse (it's the same anyway ;o)



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