optparse with numpy.array?

Johan Ekh ekh.johan at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 10:09:39 CET 2009

James I will try your suggestion!
Robert, what mean with "interactively" is that i would like to create an
array in the ipython shell, e.g. with m_i = array([1.0, 2.0, 3.0]) or
by reading a file with values etc., and then execute my program with "myprog
-m m_i" and thus pass the array "m_i" to my program.

This is just an example. I would like to pass several arrays. My program
will be wrapped inside a loop and the arrays are updated
in each loop.

I have never heard of the "argparse" library. Do you think that it would be
better to use that in my case?

Best regards,

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 7:12 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2009-01-27 00:01, Johan Ekh wrote:
>> Thank you James,
>> but I just can't optparse to accept an array, only integers, floats ans
>> strings.
>> My code looks like this
>> from optparse import OptionParser
>> parser = OptionParser()
>> parser.add_option('-t', '--dt', action='store', type='float',
>> dest='dt_i', default=0.1, help='time increment where lsoda saves results')
>> parser.add_option('-T', '--tstop', action='store', type='float',
>> dest='tstop_i', default=1.0, help='duration of the solution')
>> parser.add_option('-m', '--mass_vector', action='store', type='float',
>> dest='m_i', default=[1.0, 1.0], help='vector with lumped masses')
>> op, args = parser.parse_args(sys.argv[1:])
>> I want this to work for m_i = array([1.0, 2.0, 3.0]) but the optparse
>> complains that m_i is not a float.
> Well, yes, because you declared that --mass_vector was type='float'. You
> will need to subclass OptionParser in order to parse something that is not
> one of the included types. Yes, it is a bit cumbersome; it's one of the
> reasons I usually use the third-party argparse library instead. You only
> need to supply a parsing function rather than subclass.
> I'm afraid I don't really understand what you want when you say that you
> want to create an array interactively. Can you show me an example command
> line that you want to parse? Keep in mind that in many shells, ()[]
> characters are specially handled by the shell and are not convenient for
> users.
> BTW, I am subscribed to the list. You do not need to Cc me.
> --
> Robert Kern
> "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
> enigma
>  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it
> had
>  an underlying truth."
>  -- Umberto Eco
> --
> http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/attachments/20090127/646cbac2/attachment.html>

More information about the Python-list mailing list