[Python-Dev] argparse ugliness

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Mar 7 20:49:29 CET 2010

On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 4:29 AM, Neal Becker <ndbecker2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Brian Curtin wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 12:51, Neal Becker <ndbecker2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I generally enjoy argparse, but one thing I find rather
>>> ugly and unpythonic.
>>>    parser.add_argument ('--plot', action='store_true')
>>> Specifying the argument 'action' as a string is IMO ugly.
>> What else would you propose?
>> FWIW, this is the same in optparse.
> I would have thought use the object itself, instead of a string that spells
> the object's name.

What object? How would you write the example instead then?

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