getopt index out of range

John Machin sjmachin at
Wed Feb 11 16:48:58 EST 2009

On Feb 11, 6:16 am, Matthew Sacks <ntw... at> wrote:
> Hi List,
> I am getting an index out of range error when trying to parse with getopt.
> Probably something simple. Any suggestions are appreciated
> optlist, args = getopt.getopt(sys.argv[1:], 'h', ['connectPassword=',
> 'adminServerURL=', 'action=', 'targets=', 'appDir='])
> #Assign Opts
> connectPassword = optlist[0][1]
> adminServerURL = optlist[1][1]
> action = optlist[2][1]
> targets = optlist[3][1]
> appDir = optlist[4][1]

As you have been told, it is blowing up on index 0. That is because
optlist is empty (in this case). optlist can contain anything from 0
items to as many as your user cares to type in. It is NOT limited to
the number of different options specified in the getopt call; consider
the case where the arg string is "--action add --action del". Further,
the contents of optlist are presented in the order they are typed in
by the user.

Consequently any attempt to give meaningful names to option values
using constant subscripting of optlist is prima facie an utter

It is a mind-bogglingly astonishing utter nonsense given the lengthy
conversation about getopt that we had in another thread yesterday.
What on earth are you doing???

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