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Utilities for creating command line-like interfaces for Slack /slash commands.
Utilities for creating command line-like interfaces for Slack /slash commands.
Define your parser spec using an instance of SlashParser and then pass it to parse_args
for parsing. Be sure to check the returned success flag to know whether parsing
was successful or if there was a parsing error.
import argparse
import re
class SlashParserException(Exception):
def __init__(self, message, help_text=None):
self._error_message = message
self._help_text = help_text
class SlashParser(argparse.ArgumentParser):
Custom ArgumentParser class that overrides the ``error`` method
to raise SlashesParserException instead of calling ``sys.exit``.
This should be used with the ``parse_args`` function defined in
this module.
Example usage:
parser = utils.SlashParser(description='Description')
success, args_or_help_text = parse_args(command_text, parser)
if not success:
# return help text to user
# do your stuff
def print_help(self, file=None):
The default print_help method sends output to stdout, which isn't
useful when run on the server. We have this raise the same exception
as ``error`` so it gets handled in the same way (hopefully with
help text going back to the user.)
raise SlashParserException('', help_text=self.format_help())
def error(self, message: str):
No-op, only raise an exception and let caller decide what to do.
raise SlashParserException(message, help_text=self.format_help())
def parse_args(
command: str, parser: argparse.ArgumentParser) -> argparse.Namespace:
Parse the slash command's text like a command line tool.
command: slash command text as entered by the user
parser: parser with the slash command interface specification
success flag, if True the second return value will be an argparse
namespace object, if False the second return value will be a
string containg the parser's help text.
argparse namespace object as a result of parsing args OR
a string containing the parser's help text.
args = parser.parse_args(shlex.split(re.sub(r'[‘’“”]', '\'', command)))
except SlashParserException as exc:
help_text = exc._help_text or parser.format_help()
if exc._error_message:
help_text = exc._error_message + '\n\n' + help_text
return False, help_text
return True, args
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