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Getopt::Long::Less::Dump - Run a Getopt::Long::Less-based script but only to dump the spec


This document describes version 0.001 of Getopt::Long::Less::Dump (from Perl distribution Getopt-Long-Less-Dump), released on 2017-10-02.




 dump_getopt_long_less_script(%args) -> [status, msg, result, meta]

Run a Getopt::Long::Less-based script but only to dump the spec.

This function runs a CLI script that uses Getopt::Long::Less but monkey-patches beforehand so that run() will dump the object and then exit. The goal is to get the object without actually running the script.

This can be used to gather information about the script and then generate documentation about it or do other things (e.g. App::shcompgen to generate a completion script for the original script).

CLI script needs to use Getopt::Long::Less. This is detected currently by a simple regex. If script is not detected as using Getopt::Long::Less, status 412 is returned.

Will return the Getopt::Long::Less specification.

This function is not exported by default, but exportable.

Arguments ('*' denotes required arguments):

  • filename* => str

    Path to the script.

  • libs => array[str]

    Libraries to unshift to @INC when running script.

  • skip_detect => bool

Returns an enveloped result (an array).

First element (status) is an integer containing HTTP status code (200 means OK, 4xx caller error, 5xx function error). Second element (msg) is a string containing error message, or 'OK' if status is 200. Third element (result) is optional, the actual result. Fourth element (meta) is called result metadata and is optional, a hash that contains extra information.

Return value: (any)



Will be set to 1 when executing the script to be dumped.


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