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How to pass Python command line options (vs arguments) when running script directly vs via Python interpreter?

> You might try:
> from getopt import getopt
> or the (apparently newer):
> from optparse import OptionParser

Thanks Mike. My question was trying to make a distinction between Python options (flags that precede the script or module name) and arguments (the script specific values passed on the command line following the script's name).

Here's a description of the options I'm referring to: