argparse vs getopt

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Wed Jun 14 20:46:16 UTC 2017

Ian Bruene <ianbruene at>:
> On 06/14/2017 02:30 PM, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> >Yeah, I thought I recalled that this was an issue.
> But wait! There's more!
> >argparse works just fine on Python 2.6: pip install argparse
> So which is it? Is requiring argparse installation acceptable?
> The conversion tradeoff was marginal enough that I'm inclined to stay
> with getopt at this point even if it is acceptable.

I concur.  Time admins would not thank us for the additional dependency.
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