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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-02 13:46:50

Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> The Response Files section shows example code for parsing a response
>> file using Tokenizer. Why shouldn't one be able to use
>> split_command_line instead? There doesn't seem to be any difference
>> between a command line in string format and a response file.
> Good question. The problem is that split_winmain uses Windows-style
> quoting rules, while tokenizer uses more Unix-like rules. I'm not
> sure which syntax the response files should use.

My instinctive reaction is to provide both via an options argument to
split_command_line (a name that would now be more appropriate). But I
haven't devoted much time to thinking this through, so I may be wrong. :-)

In any event, the tokenization isn't much fun. I'd expect the library to
provide a convenient mechanism for parsing a response file.

>> Also, response file support doesn't seem proper. Response files
>> should work like this:
>> @file1 --option=value @file2
>> If file1 contains --option, it will be overriden by the command line.
>> Similarly, all options in file2 will override both file1 and the
>> command line --option=value. From a cursory look at the example,
>> this doesn't seem to be the case, but I may be wrong.
> In the example, options on the command line will override options in
> both response files. If that behaviour is not correct, I'll have to
> modify the example by looking over vector of parsed options that's
> returned by parse_command_line and expanding @ options. Do you think
> that specifying
> the same option in @file1 and @file2 is OK, and definition in @file2
> should override the previous one? On the command line, two duplicated
> assignments to a scalar option results in an error.

It should certainly be possible to override @file1 from the command line and
from @file2 - this has many valid uses. However I'm not sure about
overriding the command line from a subsequent response file (@file2). This
probably needs to be flagged as an error, because it's usually not what the
user needs.

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