console-program- Interpret the command line and contents of a config file as commands and options

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A Command provides a mode of operation of your program. This allows a single program to provide many different pieces of functionality. The first argument to the program (or the first few, if it has subcommands) determines which command should be executed. (darcs and cabal are examples of programs with this behaviour.)

An Action represents an IO action, together with information about applicable options and non-option arguments.



type Commands = Tree CommandSource

Commands s is a tree of commands. It represents the whole set of possible commands of a program.

data Tree a

Multi-way trees, also known as rose trees.


Node a (Forest a) 


data Command Source

A Command is an action, together with some descriptive information.




name :: String

This determines which command is executed.

description :: String

For usage info.

action :: Action

The actual action performed by this command.

data Action Source

An Action is an IO action, which may take arguments ("non-options") and options from the command line.

io :: IO () -> ActionSource

A simple action, taking no argument, and having no options.

withNonOption :: Type x -> (x -> Action) -> ActionSource

Create an action that takes an argument (non-option).

The type of argument is specified by the first parameter; such values can be obtained from the module System.Console.Argument.

withOption :: Option a -> (a -> Action) -> ActionSource

Create an action that takes an option.

The first parameter is a description of the option; such a value can be constructed using option.

ignoreOption :: Option a -> Action -> ActionSource

Create an action that allows, but ignores, the given option.

This is especially useful if this option is given in the configuration file, but is meant for other commands; then this action will not give an error message about an unrecognised option.