[Buildroot] [PATCH 00/13] autobuild-run: python3 compat and misc improvements

André Erdmann dywi at mailerd.de
Sun Mar 1 21:37:09 UTC 2015

2015-03-01 22:17 GMT+01:00 Thomas De Schampheleire <patrickdepinguin at gmail.com>:
> Hi André,
> On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 1:09 AM, André Erdmann <dywi at mailerd.de> wrote:
>> 2015/2/28 Thomas De Schampheleire <patrickdepinguin at gmail.com>:
>>> On February 26, 2015 11:08:58 AM CET, Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> wrote:
>>>> Dear André Erdmann,
>>>> On Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:17:17 +0100, André Erdmann wrote:
>>>>> Patches 1-4 make autobuild-run compatible with both python >=2.6 and
>>>> 3.
>>>>> Patches 5-9 are minor enhancements (mostly cleanup).
>>>>> Patches 10- are more invasive:
>>>>> * move the check_requirements() logic to the SystemInfo class
>>>>> * control environment(->locale), std{in,out,err} of all called
>>>> commands
>>>> Thanks a lot all those patches. Overall they look very useful!
>>>> I really need to spend some time to merge the patches proposed by
>>>> Thomas DS, and then your patches. I would still like to give the
>>>> priority to Thomas DS patches, since they have been in the queue for a
>>>> very long time.
>>> André,
>>> Could you give your personal feedback on the usage of docopt in my patches? Do
>>>  you think it is an improvement or rather an unnecessary dependency?
>>> ThomasP has a different opinion than me, and there haven't been many other
>>>  opinions so far. Your input is this most definitely welcome, no matter which side
>>>  you choose.
>> The advantage of docopt is that it's really simple and you always have the
>> usage message in the script, but I'd prefer argparse primarily because it's a built-in
>> module (in py >= 2.7). It also features arg validation (via type=<function|type>).
>> There's much more like subparsers, call a <function> each time an <arg> is encountered
>> and whatnot, but that's not of interest here.
>> The major improvement of the docopt approach is reading the config (argv/file)
>> into a few dicts that can be easily merged rather than doing a 3-way merge manually
>> (defaults as locals X ini file parser X argparser namedtuple-like object). That's a
>> good idea. It's doable with argparse as well, "vars(parser.parse_args())" returns
>> the parsed args as dict.
>> So, the ((untested)) prototype of a "dict-improved" config_get() argparse variant would be:
>> [...]
> Thanks a lot for your feedback.
> Maybe it's because I haven't seen the full solution yet, but this
> handling seems much more involved than the docopt approach. In
> particular it's odd that there would need to be explicit handling of
> things like nonempty or positive_int, which isn't necessary with
> standard argparse nor docopt.

They're purely optional - I've just put them in there to demonstrate
how the input can be restricted so that "--ninstances hello" would get
rejected by the parser (which docopt would not). You could also set
"type=int" instead of "type=positive_int", which is shorter code-wise,
but slighlty less correct.

> I'm biased, of course, but this does not look more desirable to me
> than having an extra docopt dependency.
> Best regards,
> Thomas


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