Class attributes: standard_option_list : [Option] list of standard options that will be accepted by all instances of this parser class (intended to be overridden by subclasses).

Instance attributes: usage : string a usage string for your program. Before it is displayed to the user, "%prog" will be expanded to the name of your program (self.prog or os.path.basename(sys.argv[0])). prog : string the name of the current program (to override os.path.basename(sys.argv[0])).

option_groups : [OptionGroup] list of option groups in this parser (option groups are irrelevant for parsing the command-line, but very useful for generating help)

allow_interspersed_args : bool = true if true, positional arguments may be interspersed with options. Assuming -a and -b each take a single argument, the command-line -ablah foo bar -bboo baz will be interpreted the same as -ablah -bboo -- foo bar baz If this flag were false, that command line would be interpreted as -ablah -- foo bar -bboo baz -- ie. we stop processing options as soon as we see the first non-option argument. (This is the tradition followed by Python's getopt module, Perl's Getopt::Std, and other argument- parsing libraries, but it is generally annoying to users.)

process_default_values : bool = true if true, option default values are processed similarly to option values from the command line: that is, they are passed to the type-checking function for the option's type (as long as the default value is a string). (This really only matters if you have defined custom types; see SF bug #955889.) Set it to false to restore the behaviour of Optik 1.4.1 and earlier.

rargs : [string] the argument list currently being parsed. Only set when parse_args() is active, and continually trimmed down as we consume arguments. Mainly there for the benefit of callback options. largs : [string] the list of leftover arguments that we have skipped while parsing options. If allow_interspersed_args is false, this list is always empty. values : Values the set of option values currently being accumulated. Only set when parse_args() is active. Also mainly for callbacks.

Because of the rargs, largs, and values attributes, OptionParser is not thread-safe. If, for some perverse reason, you need to parse command-line arguments simultaneously in different threads, use different OptionParser instances.

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