Strange (for a newbie) problem

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at
Sat Feb 21 19:30:48 CET 2004

> I'm experiencing the following problem. 
> I have a python script where a certain point I have to
> define a variable called 'code' like:
> code=151
> The program works fine but if I change that line in 'code=sys.argv[1]'
> using the sys module in order to give to the program that code as a
> parameter (i.e. I then run this script as "python 151" from
> the shell) then the program returns an error complaining that a certain
> variable different from code is not defined.
> What is my mistake?

Depending on where 'code = sys.argv[1]' is placed, this could be your 

Another thing to note is that everything in sys.argv is a string.  Try 
using the following:

code = 151
if len(sys.argv) > 1:
         code = int(sys.argv[1])

  - Josiah

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