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Argtable is an ANSI C library for parsing GNU style command line arguments. It enables a program's command line syntax to be defined in the source code as an array of argtable structs. The command line is then parsed according to that specification and the resulting values are returned in those same structs where they are accessible to the main program. Both tagged (-v, --verbose, --foo=bar) and untagged arguments are supported, as are multiple instances of each argument. Syntax error handling is automatic and the library also provides the means for displaying the command line syntax directly from the array of argument specifications. Argtable can function as a "getopt_long" replacement, without the user of the program noticing the difference. Unlike "getopt_long", argtable is cross platform and works on Windows and Mac as well as Posix systems. Installing the binary packages: ------------------------------- argtable2 is shipped in the following binary packages: RPMs: f849416b1281f8b0eeb29b6fb56b452a argtable2-13-1.src.rpm - source RPM package 4c27a3dd84a268043d3e7c259f532377 argtable2-13-1.x86_64.rpm - RPM for 64bit Linux flavors, will probably work with most recent versions of RHEL/CentOS/FC. Tested with CentOS 6.3 be99f8dac34261e725a5144b2eeb3afc argtable2-devel-13-1.x86_64.rpm - archive and headers files 02789af258a5bf5d5037d9f6b8a791b3 argtable2-doc-13-1.noarch.rpm - docs All RPMs can be installed by calling: # yum localinstall package.rpm debs: c627690fae0a801f08e409204a4e41e1 argtable2_13-2_amd64.deb - 64 bit packages, should work on recent Debian and Ubuntu versions. Tested on Debian 6. 02fb11f35e9508c35cb9d495a5241725 argtable2-devel_13-2_amd64.deb - 64 bit dev packages, should work on recent Debian and Ubuntu versions. Tested on Debian 6. 8daaa230029ca0693749cb03cd109d3f argtable2-doc_13-2_all.deb - docs All debs can be installed by calling: # dpkg -i package.deb Compiling argtable2 on UNIX systems ------------------------------------ The basic compile and install procedure for UNIX systems is: $ cd argtable2-x $ ./configure $ make $ make check (optional) $ sudo make install $ make clean Remember to update your system's LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include the location of the dynamic library (by default: /usr/local/lib/). Alternatively, you can add /etc/ld.so.conf.d/argtable2.conf with the string: /path/to/libs and run: # ldconfig The configuration script will install argtable into /usr/local/ by default. To install into a different directory, specify that directory path when you run configure, as in $ ./configure --prefix=~fred/mystuff See install.txt for a detailed description of the configure script. OS X notes: 1) Mac OS X uses DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH instead of LD_LIBRARY_PATH. DJGPP notes: 1) DJGPP users may need to specify the compiler name at configure time, as in $ ./configure CC=gcc.exe Installing argtable2 on DOS/Windows systems ------------------------------------------- To build argtable.lib: > cd src > nmake -f Makefile.nmake Then copy the argtable2.h, argtable2.lib, argtable2.dll, impargtable2.lib files to wherever you choose. To build the example programs: > cd example > nmake -f Makefile.nmake Notes: 1) The arg_rex and arg_date command line argument types are not supported under Microsoft Windows because the Microsoft compilers do not provide the necessary regex.h and strptime() functions. 2) Watcom compilers may have trouble building the DLL version of the library, giving an error like this: Error! E3033: file _2FK.AAA: line(15): directive error near 'Files\dm\lib' To workaround this, edit line 34 of src/Makefile.nmake and remove the "/def:argtable2.def" from the linker stanza line 33: argtable2.dll: $(OBJS) line 34: link /DLL /OUT:$@ $** /IMPLIB:impargtable2.lib Installing argtable2 on DOS/Windows systems with date and regex support ----------------------------------------------------------------------- These instructions are provided by Paolo Bormida <paolo.bormida@fastwebnet.it> 1) Install MINGW and MSYS (these instructions are based on those tools). 2) Install a regular expression library such as the TRE library from http://www.laurikari.net/tre. 3) Install GnuWin32 LibGW32C (GlibC Windows port) from http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/libgw32c.htm 4a) Unpack LibGW32C and TRE in a folder of your choice. 4b) Unpack argtable2 in a folder of your choice and (optional) create a "build" folder under it. 5) Run MSYS shell 6) Move into argtable root folder (if you created a "build" folder move into it) with CD 7) Run argtable2 "configure" script with the following command line configure --prefix=<argtable root folder> CPPFLAGS="-I<tre root folder>/include/tre -idirafter <gw32c folder>/include/glibc" LDFLAGS="-L<tre root folder>/lib -L<gw32c/lib" LIBS="-ltre -lgw32c" N.B If you created a "build" folder in step 4b run "../configure" instead ;-) You will get a makefile to build argtable with (good) support for regular expressions and (poor) support for date arguments. The problem is that the strptime implementation in LibGW32C is rather poor, does not take locale into account (at least so it seems to me by looking at the code) Cross-compiling argtable2 for Windows from Linux ------------------------------------------------ You can crosscompile argtable2 on Linux with Win32-platforms as target using mingw32. However, as with native Windows compilers, the arg_rex and arg_date command line argument types are not supported by mingw32 because it currently offers no regex.h nor strptime() functions. The following procedure was tested on a Debian "Sid" install with the mingw32 default packages installed. 1) Make sure, you have the mingw32-crosscompiler installed. There are precompiled packages for several distributions available. You can get the sources from http://www.mingw.org/ 2) Set the apropriate environment variables: $ export PATH=/path/to/your/mingw/bin:$PATH Usually the path is something like /usr/i586-mingw32/i586-mingw32/bin or /usr/local/i586-mingw32/bin Sometimes it helps to set also the COMPILER_PATH environment variable to your mingw-binary-path. 3) Run configure: $ cd argtable2-x $ ./configure --build=i586-linux --host=i586-mingw32msvc \ --target=i586-mingw32msvc \ --prefix=/path/to/install You most certainly want to give a different prefix than the default one. The resulting lib will not be useable by your usual ELF-loader. See argtable's INSTALL file for further configure options. 4) Build and install argtable2: $ make $ make install Please note, that this creates a static library (libargtable2.a) and a shared one (libargtable2.so), which you link to your object code in the usual way (-L/path/to/prefix/lib -largtable2 -I/path/to/prefix/include). Building of DLLs is currently not supported, but may be done by hand. A .def-file is already included in the src/ directory. Modifying the (Unix) Makefiles ------------------------------ The Makefiles are automatically generated from the Makefile.am templates using automake-1.9 and libtool (ensure both of these tools are installed). You must run automake-1.9 from the root node of the source tree after modifying any of the Makefile.am files for your changes to take effect. $ cd argtable2-x $ automake-1.9 $ ./configure $ make Using PKG-CONFIG with autoconf ------------------------------ These instructions were provided by Michael Brown who added support for pkg-config in argtable2-12. The 'pkg-config' utility can be used to automatically find CFLAGS and LDFLAGS for external modules, such as argtable, when building other modules against it. It integrates nicely into autoconf so that if your application needs the flags for argtable, you can simply declare PKG_CHECK_MODULES([ARGTABLE2], [argtable2]) and autoconf will set two vars for you, namely ARGTABLE2_LIBS and ARGTABLE2_CFLAGS. Typically, _LIBS would be "-largtable2" plus any library search path dirs that may be needed, "-L/path/". And _CFLAGS would be any preprocessor defines that are needed, for example, include paths, "-I/path/". There are several benefits. Firstly, developers do not need to hardcode cflags/ldflags in every makefile for libs that use argtable. Secondly, changes to the argtable cflags/ldflags can be distributed via the pkg-config files without users having to update their makefiles. Lastly. and perhaps most importantly, it makes it very easy to build argtable in a non-standard location and still compile other things against it. Here is an example $ pwd /home/michael_e_brown/hapi/git/argtable2-11 $ PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PWD pkg-config argtable2 --libs -L/home/michael_e_brown/hapi/git/argtable2-11/src/.libs -largtable2 $ PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PWD pkg-config argtable2 --cflags -I/home/michael_e_brown/hapi/git/argtable2-11/src I have not installed argtable on my box, but I can easily compile other programs against it. In this example, pkg-config is looking in the argtable2-uninstalled.pc that is dropped in the top dir by configure in argtable2. When you install it, argtable2.pc is installed in $(libdir)/pkgconfig, which is on the normal pkg-config search path. So, I dont have to change any of my scripts or makefiles no matter where argtable is located. Building argtable using CMake ----------------------------- Rob Zaborowski has provided CMakeLists.txt files for argtable that allow CMake users to create a custom build project for argtable for virtually any operating system. See http://www.cmake.org for more about the CMake tool.
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