Parse a string into argv-like list like OS does

Tim Chase python.list at
Sun Aug 1 15:28:01 CEST 2010

On 08/01/10 08:12, python at wrote:
> Before I reinvent the wheel, is there a module that provides a
> command-line like parser that I can use? By command-line like
> parser, I mean that I would like to pass a string to this
> function and get back a list in the same manner as the OS
> receives a command line string which it parses into discrete
> items (handling quoted strings, backslashes, etc)

Sounds like the shlex module...


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