A simple example on using LibExarg


You may find interesting the following example which makes use of LibExArg. This example install 3 arguments to be accepted as valid command line options and the write down to the terminal the result of those command used by the user.

Once the arguments are installed, the user can execute

//  LibExploreArguments: a library to parse command line options
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#include <exarg.h>

#define HELP_HEADER "test-exarg: a simple program to test libexarg library\n\
Copyright (C) 2005 Advanced Software Production Line\n\n"

#define USAGE_HEADER "Brief: You can use any of the following option from the usage.\n\
Once the option is used, the program will parse it and will notify that options was\n\
read. For those arguments which receives values, that will also showed.\n\n"

#define POST_MESSAGE "\nIf you have any question, path to report or problems about using\n\
this library feel free to contact us at aspl-fact-devel@lists.aspl.es\n"

gint main (gint argc, gchar ** argv)
        GList * list_aux;

        exarg_install_arg ("version", "v",      EXARG_NONE,   "Show the program version.");
        exarg_install_arg ("load-library", "l", EXARG_STRING, "Load a library.");
        exarg_install_arg ("how-many-foo", "f", EXARG_INT,    "How many foos to frobnicate.");

        exarg_add_usage_header  (USAGE_HEADER);
        exarg_add_help_header   (HELP_HEADER);
        exarg_post_usage_header (POST_MESSAGE);
        exarg_post_help_header  (POST_MESSAGE);

        exarg_parse (argc, argv);
        // check argument status
        if (exarg_is_defined ("version")) 
                g_print ("argument --version have been invoked.\n");

        if (exarg_is_defined ("load-library")) {
                g_print ("argument --load-library have been invoked:\n");
                g_print ("     value is: %s\n", exarg_get_string ("load-library"));
        if (exarg_is_defined ("how-many-foo")) {
                g_print ("argument --how-many-foo have been invoked: \n");
                g_print ("     value is %d\n", exarg_get_int ("how-many-foo"));

        // check param list status
        for (list_aux = g_list_first (exarg_get_params ()); 
             list_aux; list_aux = g_list_next (list_aux)) {
                g_print ("param received: %s\n", (gchar *) list_aux->data);

        // end libexarg (once called you must not call exarg anymore until
        // current program ends)
        exarg_end ();
        return 0;