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Re^4: Help required on Getopt::Long

by naikonta (Curate)
on May 17, 2012 at 15:20 UTC ( #971086=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Help required on Getopt::Long
in thread Help required on Getopt::Long

well, since we are about to intercept @ARGV, we can expect string of '--help', may be '-help' or even short versions such as '-h' or '--h' (though the latter seems odd). with version 5.10 or newer, smart match comes handy. i'd take 'help' out from GetOptions(), and prior to calling it, intercept @ARGV and call help() if match found. i like to separate the whole message printing in its own sub for easy modification on the text.
$ cat #!/usr/bin/perl use Getopt::Long; my $abc; @ARGV ~~ /^--?h(elp)?$/ && help(); GetOptions ("abc=s" => \$abc); sub help { print "This is help message\n"; exit; } if ($abc) { print qq(You have choosen "abc" as $abc\n) };
now, the presence of either -h --h -help --help will trigger help message.
$ ./ --help This is help message $ ./ --abc --help This is help message $ ./ --abc -help This is help message $ ./ --abc -h This is help message $ ./ --abc --h This is help message $ ./ --abc abc -h This is help message $ ./ --abc abc You have choosen "abc" as abc $ ./ --h This is help message $ ./ -h --abc This is help message

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