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Library for parsing command line options

The popt library exists essentially for parsing command line options. Some specific advantages of popt are no global variables (allowing multiple passes in parsing argv), parsing an arbitrary array of argv-style elements (allowing parsing of command-line-strings from any source), a standard method of option aliasing, ability to exec external option filters, and automatic generation of help and usage messages.



version 1.7 (stable)
released on 20 September 2002

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Janet Casey

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1 April 2002

Leaders and contributors

Jeff Johnson Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportE-mailmailto:popt-devel@rpm5.org
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/popt
Python (Ref)https://pypi.org/project/popt

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