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Retry:Question about optparse/OptionParser callback.


I decided I could be more articulate. I hope this helps.

I'm writing a program that needs to process options. Due to the nature of
the program with its large number of commandline options, I would like to
write a callback to be set inside add_option.

Something like this:

parser.add_option("-b", action="callback", callback=optionhandlr, dest='b')

The Cookbook almost takes me there with a callback function that only
works for an option called b that takes no argument:

def optionhndlr(option, opt_str, value, parser):
      if parser.values.b:
          raise OptionValueError("can't use %s after -b" % opt_str)
      setattr(parser.values, option.dest, 1)

but warns that "it needs a bit of work: the error message and the flag
that it sets must be generalized". I do need to do my option processing in
an option processor with many options and I'd both like to do it in one
method (if possible) and learn a trick or two while I'm at it. Is it
possible to have a single callback that could be used in the general case?

All I need is to be taught how to fish...

TIA

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steveo at syslang.net

If I understand your question, you are already half way there:

def optionhndlr(option, opt_str, value, parser):
   if getattr(parser.values, option.dest):
      msg = "can't use %s afer -%s" % (opt_str, option.dest)
      raise OptionValueError, msg
   setattr(parser.values, option.dest, 1)

James

Steven W. Orr wrote:
> I decided I could be more articulate. I hope this helps.

In case James did not guess right: try to provide more details about /what/
you want to achieve rather than /how/ you want to get there.
And please don't open a third thread for it.

Peter

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