[Python-Dev] PEP 389: argparse - new command line parsing module

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed Sep 30 01:39:16 CEST 2009

On Sep 29, 2009, at 6:51 PM, Greg Ewing wrote:

> skip at pobox.com wrote:
>> I have never completely wrapped my brain around optparse.  Getopt I
>> just remember.
> Seems to me that optparse and argparse are fairly similar
> in their APIs, and that argparse isn't going to be significantly
> easier to fit in one's brain than optparse.

There's no question it is if you're doing more complicated stuff, like  
extending it or using subcommands.  After I converted my code from  
optparse to argparse, I ended up with less stuff that was more regular  
and easier to understand.  It convinced me that argparse is a win.


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