A goto-like usage of a function

Bart Nessux bart_nessux at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 29 17:20:59 CEST 2004

Bart Nessux wrote:
> Here's a function that I want to use to capture user input. They enter a 
> path and then confirm that it's the correct path or not or decide to 
> quit the program if they want. The 'y' (the path is right, let's 
> continue) and the 'q' (I hate your stupid program and want to stop it 
> now) both work fine. However the 'n' (I've entered the path incorrectly 
> and want to do it again produces this error:
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "clean_file_names_function_better.py", line 16, in ?
>     path_name()
>   File "clean_file_names_function_better.py", line 14, in path_name
>     path_name()
> TypeError: 'str' object is not callable
> Here's the function... if the user wants to re-enter the path name... 
> I'm simply calling the function again... is this wrong???
> def path_name():
>    import sys
>    path_name = raw_input("\nEnter the absolute path to the directory 
> that contains the files... for example, /home/user: ")
>    print "\nYou entered: ", path_name, "\n"
>    confirm  = raw_input("Is this the correct path: (press 'y' for YES 
> 'n' for NO or 'q' to QUIT)\n\n")
>    if confirm == 'y':
>       print "\nStarting Program.\n"
>       return path_name
>    elif confirm == 'q':
>       print '\n'
>       sys.exit()
>    else:
>       print "\nTry again.\n"
>       path_name()
> path_name()

Sorry... namespace pollution. Both the function 
and a var within it were named "path_name"... I'm 
an idiot... I need more coffee.

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