Paul Evans

NAME

Commandable::Invocation - represents one invocation of a CLI command

SYNOPSIS

   my %commands = (
      exit  => sub { exit },
      print => sub { print $_[0]->remaining },
      ...
   );

   while(1) {
      my $inv = Commmandable::Invocation->new( scalar <STDIN> );

      $commands{ $inv->pull_token }->( $inv );
   }

DESCRIPTION

Instances of this class represent the text of a single invocation of a CLI command, allowing it to be incrementally parsed and broken into individual tokens during dispatch and invocation.

Tokens

When parsing for the next token, strings quoted using quote marks ("") will be retained as a single token. Otherwise, tokens are split on (non-preserved) whitespace.

Quote marks and backslashes may be escaped using \ characters.

CONSTRUCTOR

new

   $inv = Commandable::Invocation->new( $text )

Constructs a new instance, initialised to contain the given text string.

METHODS

peek_token

   $token = $inv->peek_token

Looks at, but does not remove, the next token in the text string. Subsequent calls to this method will yield the same string, as will the next call to "pull_token".

pull_token

   $token = $inv->pull_token

Removes the next token from the text string and returns it.

remaining

   $text = $inv->remaining

Returns the entire unparsed content of the rest of the text string.

putback_tokens

   $inv->putback_tokens( @tokens )

Since version 0.02.

Prepends text back onto the stored text string such that subsequent calls to "pull_token" will yield the given list of tokens once more. This takes care to quote tokens with spaces inside, and escape any embedded backslashes or quote marks.

This method is intended to be used, for example, around a commandline option parser which handles mixed options and arguments, to put back the non-option positional arguments after the options have been parsed and removed from it.

AUTHOR

Paul Evans <leonerd@leonerd.org.uk>