[Python-ideas] CLI option for isolated mode

Eli Bendersky eliben at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 14:57:37 CET 2012

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM, Christian Heimes <christian at python.org>wrote:

> Am 09.11.2012 09:19, schrieb M.-A. Lemburg:
> > Sounds like a good idea. I'd be interested in this, because it would
> > make debugging user installation problems easier.
> >
> > The only thing I'm not sure about is the option character "-I". It
> > reminds me too much of the -I typically used for include paths
> > in C compilers :-)
> I'm open to suggestions for a better name and character. Michael also
> pointed out that capital i (india) can look like a lower case l (lima).
> -R is still unused. I hesitate to call it restricted mode because it can
> be confused with PyPy's restricted Python.

Why does it have to be a single letter? Many tools today demand fully
spelled out command-line flags for readability, and this also helps avoid
clashes and cryptic flags no one remembers anyway. So if you want isolate
mode, what's wrong with "--isolated" ?

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