Hello, I’ve been tinkering around with python for a while, I’m exploring Flask at the moment but I’ve stumbled upon this on numerous occasions.
I’m running Python 3.10.7
For example when I’m installing packages with pip I have to write:
py -m pip install *package*
but I don’t see it written this way often, mostly people just tell you to run
py pip install *package*
pip install *package*
but I get an error with either of those…
What’s that -m flag? I can’t seem to find the documentation for it, what does it stand for and what does it do and why it doesn’t work without it?
Any explanation and/or insight will be appreciated <3
which pip (are you on Linux?)
py —help or
py -h -m
And there is some instructions here that may be good to try
Also seems that -m is essentially a “module naming” option
Sorry I forgot to mention I’m on Windows. I’ve found the answer in py -help (God how come I didn’t thought of running this?!)
-m stands for “run library module as script”
That’s why these don’t work:
py flask run
py pycodestyle main.py
but these do:
py -m flask run
py -m pycodestyle main.py
Thank you for guiding me in the right direction!
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