Getopt::Tabular version 0.2 19 June, 1997 Copyright (c) 1995-97 Greg Ward. All rights reserved. This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Getopt::Tabular is a Perl 5 module for table-driven argument parsing, vaguely inspired by John Ousterhout's Tk_ParseArgv. See Tabular.pod for details. It is available from ftp://ftp.bic.mni.mcgill.ca/users/greg and should be available through CPAN at http://www.perl.com/CPAN/authors/id/GWARD Some nice features of Getopt::Tabular are: * Command-line arguments are carefully type-checked, both by pattern and number---e.g. if an option requires two integers, GetOptions makes sure that exactly two integers follow it! * The valid command-line arguments are specified in a data structure separate from the call to GetOptions; this makes it easier to have very long lists of options, and to parse options from multiple sources (e.g. the command line, an environment variable, and a configuration file). * Getopt::Tabular can intelligently generate help text based on your option descriptions. * The type system is extensible, and if you can define your desired argument type using a single Perl regular expression then it's particularly easy to extend. * Options can be abbreviated and come in any order. * A "spoof" mode in which arguments are parsed without side-effects. To test and install Getopt::Tabular: perl ./Makefile.PL make test make install That's it! The test suite isn't very complete yet, but it's a start. The documentation is quite extensive; only a few minor features aren't covered. Also, there is a demo program that shows off several of the module's features. Email problems, questions, bug reports, etc. to email@example.com.