optionparse: how to add a line break to the help text

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Sun Sep 11 04:08:45 CEST 2011


On 09/10/11 20:54, Gelonida N wrote:
>> Unfortunately the help text is formatted using textwrap, which presumes
>> that the entire text is a single paragraph.  To get paragraphs in the
>> help text, you'll need to write an IndentedHelpFormatter subclass that
>> splits the text on "\n\n", textwraps the split string individually, then
>> re-joins them.  _format_text() and format_option() look like the methods
>> that would need replacing.
>
> Thanks a lot. Good to know, that there are options, though a little more
> complicated than expected.

Just in case you want it:

http://bytes.com/topic/python/answers/734066-how-output-newline-carriage-return-optparse

it's come up several times and several years ago I hacked 
together exactly the solution Rhodri mentions.

-tkc





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