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Python shows an error when it needs to exit the program

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I wrote this program:

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  1. try:
  2.    x=int(raw_input("Please enter a number: "))
  3. except:
  4.    print 'Please enter a numeric number.'
  5.    import sys
  6.    sys.exit()
and after it prints "Please enter a numeric number." it shows this problem with the exit command line:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\Users\Dor\Desktop\", line 6, in <module>
Is it supposed to do that? How can I fix it?
Oct 4 '12 #1
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If you input a character or series of characters that cannot be converted to an integer, a ValueError exception will be raised and control will be passed to the except block. A matter of style - you should make all your imports at the top of the file. See Style Guide For Python Code. You should qualify the except block instead of catching all possible errors. Most of the time a return statement is appropriate if encapsulated in a function or a simple pass would work. Are you sure you need a call to sys.exit()?.

I may do something like:
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  1. import sys #if needed
  3. def get_num():
  4.     while True:
  5.         x = raw_input("Please enter a number: ")
  6.         try:
  7.             return int(x)
  8.         except ValueError, e:
  9.            print 'You entered an invalid number. Try again.'
  11. print get_num()
Oct 4 '12 #2

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