When known to the interpreter, the script name and additional arguments thereafter are passed to the script in the variable sys.argv, which is a list of strings. Its length is at least one; when no script and no arguments are given, sys.argv is an empty string. When the script name is given as '-' (meaning standard input), sys.argv is set to '-'. When -c command is used, sys.argv is set to '-c'. Options found after -c command are not consumed by the Python interpreter's option processing but left in sys.argv for the command to handle.