From: David Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-03-01 20:34:37
Yes; I'm very interested!
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Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 6:45 PM
Subject: [boost] Command Line Parser
> Most of us have written code to parse command lines. Recently, I got
> tired of doing this over and over again and needed to parse some
> complex switches for a small utility. I looked into getopt, which
> you Unix folks are probably used to, but this wasn't very flexible
> and stuck you with a Unix style of command line switches, which I
> don't care for as a Windows programmer. getopt_long was a little
> better in that it allowed for options of more than a single
> character, and the GNU version even allowed the long options to be
> specified with a single '-' instead of the "traditional" double '-'
> which only Unix users would be used to, but it won't
> accept "traditional" '/' switches known to DOS/Windows users.
> Besides, it still restricted the ordering of the switches (the GNU
> version allows you to interleave the options but it "rearranges" all
> the arguments when you do this, so you lose any locality information
> which is sometimes needed).
> So... I set out and created a reusable parser that is configurable to
> accept various "traditional" styles, both Unix and Windows/DOS with
> several variants on both, and that allows you to interpret the
> options/switches in accordance with it's locality on the command line.
> This isn't your typical Boost library, but I was wondering if there
> would be interest any way?
> Bill Kempf
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