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hflags == gflags++ ================== This is a small library that wraps and extends gflags, offering some additional features that are useful in a system that deals with dynamic module loading, usually to allow pluggability. Added Features ============== DECLARE ------- This is a small helper that allows you to declare that you are using a flag from another module, to prevent unused imports. It is very naive at the moment but its interface should allow future improvements and optimizations without impacting users. Example: import hflags hflags.DECLARE('foo_flag', 'some.module.foo') Will ensure that foo_flag in some.module.foo is available in this module. Automatic Undefok ----------------- In a pluggable system it can be very difficult to know all the modules that will be loaded at the beginning of execution, especially considering many pluggable systems will be using a flag to determine which modules get loaded. This modification allows the user to provide values for flags that are not known at initial parsing time, but will be reparsed once new flags are defined, allowing you to use flags for modules that will be loaded dynamically. Why Not Patch gflags? ===================== python-gflags is explicitly trying to be compatible with the C++ version of gflags and these features don't really apply to a common C++ system. I would love to integrate these features and stop maintaining this library but it seems unlikely at this point.