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From dona...@apache.org
Subject cvs commit: jakarta-avalon-excalibur/cli/src/xdocs index.xml
Date Wed, 20 Mar 2002 09:58:54 GMT
donaldp     02/03/20 01:58:54

  Added:       cli/src/xdocs index.xml
  Add a text document describing component.
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  1.1                  jakarta-avalon-excalibur/cli/src/xdocs/index.xml
  Index: index.xml
  <?xml version="1.0"?>
          <title>Excalibur CLI</title>
          <subtitle>Command-line Utilities</subtitle>
              <person name="Peter Donald" email="peter@apache.org"/>
          <s1 title="Introduction">
              This component allows you to parse Command Line Options during startup
              of your application. It is designed to parse the command line options in
              the same manner as the C getopt() function in glibc (the GNU C runtime
              library). It attempts to do this in a simpler Java flavour from original
              The component a number of examples in the examples/ directory
              of the release. These examples allow you to get started fast and easy.
              See the examples/README.txt file for further details.
          <s1 title="Parsing Rules">
              The command line is parsed accoridn to the following rules. There are
              two forms of options in this package, the Long form and the Short form.
              The long form of an option is preceeded by the '--' characters while the
              short form is preceeded by a single '-'. Some example options would be;
              --an-option, -a, --day, -s -f -a.
              In the tradition of UNIX programs, the short form of an option can occur
              immediately after another short form option. So if 'a', 'b' and 'c' are
              short forms of options that take no parameters then the following
              command lines are equivelent; "-abc", "-a -bc", "-a -b -c", "-ab -c" etc
              Options can also accept arguments if specified. You can specify that an
              option requires an argument in which the text imediately following the
              option will be considered to be the argument to option. So if 'a' was an
              option that required an argument then the following would be equivelent;
              "-abc", "-a bc" (namely the option 'a' with argument 'bc').
              Options can also specify optional arguments. In this case if there is any
              text immediately following the option character then it is considered an
              argument otherwise the option has no arguments. For example if 'a' was an
              option that required an optional argument then "-abc" is an option 'a' with
              argument "bc" while "-a bc" is an option 'a' with no argument, followed by
              the text "bc". It is also possible to place an '=' sign between the option
              and it's argument. ie The following are all equivelent; "-a=bc", "-a bc",
              In some cases it is also necessary to disable commandline parsing so that you
              can pass a text argument to program  that starts with a '-' character. To do
              this insert the sequence '--' onto command line with no text immediately
              following it. This will disable processing for the rest of the command line.
              The '--' characters will not be passed to the user program. For instance the
              line "-- -b" would result in the program being passed the text "-b" (ie not
            Copyright (c) @year@ The Jakarta Apache Project All rights reserved.
            $Revision: 1.1 $ $Date: 2002/03/20 09:58:54 $

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