SYNOPSIScamlmix [Options...] files...
DESCRIPTIONcamlmix processes text templates with embedded OCaml code to generate text again. From one or several input files it generates an OCaml text generation program and executes this to obtain the result. Using option -fun one can also convert the text template into an OCaml text generation function.
- -o output
- write the generated text into file output
- Only generate the text generation program, don't execute it. By default, the program is called lastfile.ml when lastfile is the last file argument.
- -co file
- specify the name of the text generation program
- generate OCaml code for text generation function from the input (see ADVANCED USAGE below)
- -e ocamlc
- set the name of the OCaml executable
- remove the text generation program after execution
- -insert ocaml_code
- insert ocaml_code at the beginning of the text generation program
- try a conversion to the camlremix syntax
- print version and exit
- -help | --help
- print help and exit (this man page was written from the output of -help)
BASIC USAGEText enclosed with ## markers is considered as a block of OCaml code. It can be any kind of toplevel expressions such as definitions or application of printing functions:
- This is ocaml version ## print Sys.ocaml_version ##
If the OCaml code starts with = then it is interpreted as an expression of type string that will printed like the rest of the text:
- This is ocaml version ##= Sys.ocaml_version ##
The text block are printed together with the evaluated OCaml pieces using the print function. Include ### to print ##.
White space can be controlled with ##. and .##:
- don't print white space occurring on the left
- don't print white space up to and including the first newline, following to the right.
DirectivesBlocks of code that start with the @ character (possibly preceded by spaces) are directives for Camlmix. There are two directives. include inserts a camlmix file, and skip skips the next block. For instance
- Hello ## @include "world.mlx"; skip .## ## let x = 123 ##!
Conversion into a text generation function for dynamic renderingThe -fun option, used in combination with -c and often -co produces an OCaml source file which provides a function render with the following signature:
- val render : ?print:(string -> unit) -> 'a -> unit
The polymorphic argument is called param in the generated code and can be used to pass runtime arguments into the render function. The print function is used to set the initial value of Camlmix.printer (see below). It's default value is:
fun s -> print_string s; flush stdout
Runtime hooksThe text generation program, which camlmix generates, contains a module Camlmix at the beginning, which can be used in code blocks. This module has the following signature.
module Camlmix : sig
- val source : string ref
- val line : int ref
- val char : int ref
- Location of the first character of the current block in its source file. Line and character numbers count from 1. These references are updated by camlmix at the beginning of each block.
- val printer : (string -> unit) ref
- function for printing text blocks
- val print_with : (string -> unit) -> unit
- print_with f causes the next text block to be printed with f instead of the current printer. Its behavior is undefined if it is called several times in the same code block.
- val print_if : bool -> unit
- print_if cond prints the next text block only if condition cond is true. It uses print_with internally.