Extending help-string in optparse?

David Goodger goodger at python.org
Thu Jan 23 15:28:45 CET 2003

Magnus Lie Hetland wrote:
> If I want to use cvs-like commands in addition to options with
> optparse, I can (as I was tipped about) use two (or more)
> OptionParsers to parse parts of the command line. However, it seems
> that making the --help string helpful wrt. my commands (or other
> arguments other than options, for that matter) isn't all that easy...
> Or am I missing some feature here?

You mean something like this?

    python program.py subcommand --help

One might expect help for the global options as well as the subcommand's
options.  Optik/optparse doesn't support this out-of-the-box, but I don't
imagine it would be that difficult to add.

On the other hand, you could simply add this to each subcommand's top-level

    For help on global options, use "python program.py --help" (no

This has the advantage of keeping help output short & to the point.

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