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# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
#  Copyright (c) 2010—2012 Andrey Mikhailenko and contributors
#  This file is part of Argh.
#  Argh is free software under terms of the GNU Lesser
#  General Public License version 3 (LGPLv3) as published by the Free
#  Software Foundation. See the file README for copying conditions.
import argparse

def get_subparsers(parser, create=False):
    """Returns the :class:`argparse._SupParsersAction` instance for given
    :class:`ArgumentParser` instance as would have been returned by
    :meth:`ArgumentParser.add_subparsers`. The problem with the latter is that
    it only works once and raises an exception on the second attempt, and the
    public API seems to lack a method to get *existing* subparsers.

    :param create:
        If `True`, creates the subparser if it does not exist. Default if

    # note that ArgumentParser._subparsers is *not* what is returned by
    # ArgumentParser.add_subparsers().
    if parser._subparsers:
        actions = [a for a in parser._actions
                   if isinstance(a, argparse._SubParsersAction)]
        assert len(actions) == 1
        return actions[0]
        if create:
            return parser.add_subparsers()