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Date 2021-06-10.18:07:47
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With code like the following:

~~~~

import argparse

parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(
    description="Test program",
    formatter_class=argparse.ArgumentDefaultsHelpFormatter,
)
parser.add_argument(
    "--foo",
    help="Use the foo component.",
    action=argparse.BooleanOptionalAction,
    default=True,
)

args = parser.parse_args()

~~~~

a call "python prog.py --help" then gives:

~~~~
usage: prog.py [-h] [--foo | --no-foo]

Test program

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  --foo, --no-foo  Use the foo component. (default: True) (default: True)
~~~~

Note the repeated "(default: True)", one produced by the BooleanOptionalAction class and the other by the ArgumentDefaultsHelpFormatter.  It would be good if they didn't both add this helpful information.

My suggestion would be that BooleanOptionalAction should not include this information; it is unique in doing so.
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