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Provides programmable shell completion for the 'optparse' module

'optcomplete' provides programmable shell completion support for Python scripts that use the 'optparse' module. It implements the Bash completion protocol, and a simple common shell function invokes the script to provide the completion suggestions. Since an optparse parser already has most of the useful information required to provide completions, only two lines of code are needed to provide basic support for completions to an existing script. It also lets the developer to provide per-option completion, etc.



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Janet Casey

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29 January 2004

Leaders and contributors

Martin Blais Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportE-mailmailto:blais@furius.ca
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/optcomplete
Python (Ref)https://pypi.org/project/optcomplete

Software prerequisites

Required to useoptcomplete

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 April 2018.


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