# hflags: Command line flag parser, very similar to Google's gflags

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The HFlags library supports easy definition of command line flags, reimplementing the ideas from Google's gflags (http://code.google.com/p/gflags).

Command line flags can be declared in any file at the toplevel, using defineFlag. At runtime, the actual values are assigned to the toplevel flags_name constants. Those can be used purely throughout the program.

At the beginning of the main function, $(initHFlags "program description") has to be called to initialize the flags. All flags will be initialized that are transitively reachable via imports from main. This means, that any Haskell package can easily define command line flags with HFlags. This feature is demonstrated by http://github.com/errge/hflags/blob/master/examples/ImportExample.hs. A simple example (more in the http://github.com/errge/hflags/tree/master/examples directory): #!/usr/bin/env runhaskell {-# LANGUAGE TemplateHaskell #-} import HFlags defineFlag "name" "Indiana Jones" "Who to greet." defineFlag "r:repeat" (3 + 4 :: Int) "Number of times to repeat the message." main = do s <-$(initHFlags "Simple program v0.1")
sequence_ $replicate flags_repeat greet where greet = putStrLn$ "Hello " ++ flags_name ++ ", very nice to meet you!"


At initHFlags time, the library also tries to gather flags out of environment variables. HFLAGS_verbose=True is equivalent to specify --verbose=True. This environment feature only works with long options and the user has to specify a value even for Bools.

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