Information about how to convert command line strings to Python objects.
Action objects are used by an ArgumentParser to represent the information
needed to parse a single argument from one or more strings from the
command line. The keyword arguments to the Action constructor are also
all attributes of Action instances.
- option_strings -- A list of command-line option strings which
should be associated with this action.
- dest -- The name of the attribute to hold the created object(s)
- nargs -- The number of command-line arguments that should be
consumed. By default, one argument will be consumed and a single
value will be produced. Other values include:
- N (an integer) consumes N arguments (and produces a list)
- '?' consumes zero or one arguments
- '*' consumes zero or more arguments (and produces a list)
- '+' consumes one or more arguments (and produces a list)
Note that the difference between the default and nargs=1 is that
with the default, a single value will be produced, while with
nargs=1, a list containing a single value will be produced.
- const -- The value to be produced if the option is specified and the
option uses an action that takes no values.
- default -- The value to be produced if the option is not specified.
- type -- The type which the command-line arguments should be converted
to, should be one of 'string', 'int', 'float', 'complex' or a
callable object that accepts a single string argument. If None,
'string' is assumed.
- choices -- A container of values that should be allowed. If not None,
after a command-line argument has been converted to the appropriate
type, an exception will be raised if it is not a member of this
- required -- True if the action must always be specified at the
command line. This is only meaningful for optional command-line
- help -- The help string describing the argument.
- metavar -- The name to be used for the option's argument with the
help string. If None, the 'dest' value will be used as the name.