Opened 2 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#23306 closed Uncategorized (worksforme)

Cannot call a command with --name option

Reported by: rsalmaso Owned by: nobody
Component: Core (Management commands) Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: raffaele.salmaso@… Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


call_command use (name, *args, **options) as signature, making impossible to call a command with --name option as

call_command('my_cmd', name='my_fancy_name')

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by rsalmaso

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Working on I'm adding some tests to migrations/test_commands and hits a limitation with call_command: cannot pass name='xyz' as option.
The more compatible way to call it is to have another function with desired signature. So in (PR I've added a new function exec_command(name, args=None, options=None) (code is the same of old call_command).

Needs some docs if can be accepted.

(My first PR, hope techically is all ok, I'm fighting with git more than I though)

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by claudep

  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed

This is not true for current master (see [2cc8ffe2580080]) where you should now be able to call call_command('my_cmd', '--name', 'my_fancy_name') (
In 1.7 though, I'd suggest using a temporary workaround by "manually" instanciating the command and calling execute. Feel free to request more help if this is not clear for you.

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by rsalmaso

Too recent that I've missed :D
But I've some problems running it as call_command("makemigrations", "migrations", "--empty", "--verbosity", "0") (tests/migrations/

test_makemigrations_empty_migration (migrations.test_commands.MakeMigrationsTests) ... App '--verbosity' could not be found. Is it in INSTALLED_APPS?
App '0' could not be found. Is it in INSTALLED_APPS?
App '--empty' could not be found. Is it in INSTALLED_APPS?

[tested against dfde0b3b063c0ec511fe6d58789468b6c229c59b]
It seems that the "error" is the first argument ("migrations") because call_command("makemigrations", "--help") works fine. It seems a problem with makemigrations command itself. I'll dig it a bit and I'll open a new ticket.

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by claudep

That's a good catch, you spotted a flaw in my recent patch. The call_command code misses the part that begins with # Move positional args out of options to mimic legacy optparse in the run_from_argv code. I'd be grateful if you would open a ticket for that.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by rsalmaso

Yep, I've just found it :)
Tomorrow I'll open a ticket and a PR (added some tests)

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