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Getopt::Inherited - Handling inherited command-line options


version 1.100860


    use base 'Getopt::Inherited';

    use constant GETOPT => qw(foo=s);
    my $app = __PACKAGE__->new;


By subclassing this mixin class, your program gets the ability to inherit command-line option specifications. If you have several programs that share common code and common command-line options you don't want to have to write the command-line processing code again and again. Using this class you can abstract command-line options shared by your programs into a superclass from which your programs then inherit. Additionally, this class defines certain common command-line options itself.

You can also define defaults for command-line options.



This accessor, which is accumulated across the class hierarchy using Data::Inherited, is used to define command-line options in the same format as Getopt::Long expects. This class, Getopt::Inherited, itself defines the following options:

    use constant GETOPT =>
        (qw(help man logfile|log=s verbose|v+ version|V));


This accessor, which is also accumulated across the class hierarchy, can be used to define defaults for the options given in GETOPT(). For example, to define a command-line option called <foo> which takes a string and to give it a default, you would use:

    use constant GETOPT => qw(foo=s);
    use constant GETOPT_DEFAULTS => (foo => 'my_default');


This is a hash accessor per Class::Accessor::Complex in which the option hash is stored when it has been parsed and after default values have been applied.


This method is called by do_getopt() after the command-line options have been processed with Getopt::Long's GetOptions. It uses Pod::Usage to display help information if there was either an error during processing, or if the --help or --man options have been given.


Does the actual command-line processing. It accumulates the values of GETOPT() across the hierarchy, parses them, calls usage() if necessary, applies GETOPT_DEFAULTS(), then assigns the finished options hash to opt().


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  Marcel Gruenauer <>


This software is copyright (c) 2010 by Marcel Gruenauer.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.