command line argument passing

Peter Hansen peter at
Fri Jul 22 15:10:38 CEST 2005

Hayri ERDENER wrote:
> hi to all,
> is it possible in python to pass arguments by using command prompt in
> windows 2000 and XP ?
> for example:
>  factorial  4
>  gives me the factorial of 4 namely 24. 

Yes, the arguments are available as a list in sys.argv .

Remember that you need to import "sys" before you can access that, and 
that the values will be returned as strings, so if they should be 
treated as numbers it's up to you to convert them.

Use of the getopt or optparse modules is recommended to work with 
command line arguments more effectively.


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