[Chicago-talk] alternatives to Getopt::Long

Steven Lembark lembark at wrkhors.com
Sun May 9 16:05:19 CDT 2004

-- Mike Fragassi <frag at ripco.com>

> On Sat, 8 May 2004, Steven Lembark wrote:
>> >> There is now way for it to know that "a b c" is an argument.
>> >
>> > But why not?  You can already do
>> Show me a *NIX shell that does not split its arguments
>> on whitespace. If you run the perl code on it then your
>> arguments won't be separated in @ARGV.
> The point is not to prevent @AGRV from being split on \s+, the point is
> that the @ARGV processor could assign multiple values to the designated
> array until it reaches the next switch.

How would you handle:

    foo --bar bletch blort blam;

with "blam" being the first program argument, bletch and blort
being arguments to the --bar switch?  Or deal gracefully with
single-dash switches:

    foo -bletch -b blort blam;

let alone combined ones.

If you can figure out a reliable way to handle this that doesn't
involve more typing than multiple use of the switches feel free,
but the existing system exists largely because noone has found
any really better one.

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