I'm using optparse and recently I'm encountering the following problem- I want to pass as an argument a directory name. Something like:
./script.py --dir c:\a\b
However, optparse eliminates the "\" sign so the related variable remains with the value
Note: This script is being run on Linux machine, that connects to Windows machine and does some stuff. This is why I use the
./ in the script name and the directory is Windows sytle.
How do I make optparse preserve the special characters?
This is not a Python problem; it is your shell that parses the backslashes in the command line before sending it to Python.
optparse is not to blame.
Escape them by doubling the slashes:
./script.py --dir c:\\a\\b
or put quotes around the argument:
./script.py --dir "c:\a\b"