[IPython-dev] 0.9 beta, anything left?
Ville M. Vainio
Thu Aug 14 21:57:15 CDT 2008
On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 4:43 AM, Fernando Perez <email@example.com> wrote:
> Let's go with the '=' option, then. cd can be special that way :)
= won't work, it raises NameError and never gets to %cd (it looks like
python assignment to ipython as well) ;-)
> Otherwise for cd we'd have to implement special parsing logic, since
> normal options handling would break given arbitrary --foo input. As
> 'import this' says,
> Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
> and this is a case where I agree with it, here the benefit of a
> special case does not in any way outweigh the cost of breaking a
The "parsing" logic we already have in %cd is quite trivial, so we
don't really have to shoehorn %cd to the option parsing formula, esp.
since cd will never have arguments in the long format.
I'd be inclined to say that we should leave it as --, and change it if
it proves problematic at some point. We could change it to ---, but
that gets kind of heavy, and other characters have special meanings
(to python or readline as we currently use it).
And since "cd -<n>" is already a special case, the cd magic can be
considered terminally broken from the strict option handling point of
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