PURPOSEsdfcli extracts command line interface (CLI) information from applications and formats it into SDF.
usage : sdfcli [-h[help]] [-o[out_ext]] [-l[log_ext]] [-O[out_dir]] [-w wrap] utility ... purpose: format a utility's command line interface into SDF version: 2.000 (SDF 2.001)
The options are:
Option Description -h display help on options -o output file extension -l log file extension -O output to input file's (or explicit) directory -w column at which to wrap option specifications
DESCRIPTIONThe -h option provides help. If it is specified without a parameter, a brief description of each option is displayed. To display the attributes for an option, specify the option letter as a parameter.
By default, generated output goes to standard output. To direct output to a file per input file, use the -o option to specify an extension for output files. If the -o option is specified without a parameter, an extension of out is assumed.
Likewise, error messages go to standard error by default. Use the -l option to create a log file per input file. If the -l option is specified without a parameter, an extension of log is assumed.
By default, generated output and log files are created in the current directory. Use the -O option to specify an explicit output directory. If the -O option is specified without a parameter, the input file's directory is used.
sdfcli executes each argument with a -h flag and converts the resultant output to nicely formatted SDF. An argument of ``-'' specifies that the help should be read from standard input.
Formatting is done as follows:
- lines are tagged as Example paragraphs, with the first line formatted to wrap option usage specifications nicely
- if a line is found that starts with 'options:', it is replaced with a Body paragraph saying ``The options are:'', and the following lines are formatted as a table of codes and descriptions
- if a line is found that starts with 'aliases:', it is replaced with a Body paragraph saying ``The aliases are:'', and the following lines are formatted as a table of names and descriptions
each option code in the table is formatted as a hypertext jump to a
tag called cmd_opt where:
- cmd is the command name
- opt is the option code
The -w option specifies at what column to wrap option specifications. The default is 50 - this is the best for output imported into the Mincom templates.
LIMITATIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONSThe table formats used are hard coded.