One step up from str.split()

Timothy Grant timothy.grant at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 04:14:39 CEST 2008


On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM, Joel Koltner <zapwireDASHgroups at yahoo.com>
wrote:

> I normally use str.split() for simple splitting of command line arguments,
> but
> I would like to support, e.g., long file names which-- under windows -- are
> typically provided as simple quoted string.  E.g.,
>
> myapp --dosomething --loadthis "my file name.fil"
>
> ...and I'd like to get back a list wherein ListEntry[3]="my file name.fil"
> ,
> but just running str.split() on the above string creates:
>
> >>> ListEntry='myapp --dosomething --loadthis "my file name.fil"'
> >>> ListEntry.split()
> ['myapp', '--dosomething', '--loadthis', '"my', 'file', 'name.fil"']
>
> Is there an easy way to provide just this one small additional feature
> (keeping quoted names as a single entry) rather than going to a full-blown
> command-line argument parsing tool?  Even regular expressions seem like
> they'd
> probably be overkill here?  Or no?
>
> Thanks,
> ---Joel



I've found that anytime I have more than one option on the command line,
optparse  is the way to go. It works very very well for every circumstance
I've been able to throw at it.

-- 
Stand Fast,
tjg. [Timothy Grant]
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