Required arguments in argparse: at least one of a group

Rob Day robert.day at merton.oxon.org
Sat Mar 23 17:27:53 CET 2013


I don't know about argparse, but if you use docopt
(http://docopt.org/) then this is easy to do with something like:

"""Usage:

finder.py --file <myfile> --dir <mydir>
finder.py --pattern <mypattern> --dir <mydir>
finder.py --file <myfile> --pattern <mypattern> --dir <mydir>
"""

On 23 March 2013 16:04, Marco <m.b at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is there the possibility using the argparse module to group two or more
> arguments in order to have at least one of them required? For instance, I
> would like to have not an error only in the following cases:
>
>   python finder.py --file myfile --dir mydir
>   python finder.py --pattern mypattern --dir mydir
>   python finder.py --file myfile --pattern mypattern --dir mydir
>
> where --dir is required, and --file _or_ --parser have to be specified. In
> other words, I want the parser prints an error message just in this case:
>
>   python finder.py --dir mydir
>
> Thanks in advance, Marco
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