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1. Introduction

AutoGen is a tool designed for generating program files that contain repetitive text with varied substitutions. Its goal is to simplify the maintenance of programs that contain large amounts of repetitious text. This is especially valuable if there are several blocks of such text that must be kept synchronized in parallel tables.

One common example is the problem of maintaining the code required for processing program options. Processing options requires a minimum of four different constructs be kept in proper order in different places in your program. You need at least:

  1. The flag character in the flag string,
  2. code to process the flag when it is encountered,
  3. a global state variable or two, and
  4. a line in the usage text.

You will need more things besides this if you choose to implement long option names, rc/ini file processing, environment variables and so on. All of this can be done mechanically; with the proper templates and this program. In fact, it has already been done and AutoGen itself uses it See section 7. Automated Option Processing. For a simple example of Automated Option processing, See section 7.2 Quick Start. For a full list of the Automated Option features, See section 7.1 AutoOpts Features.

1.1 The Purpose of AutoGen  
1.2 A Simple Example  
1.3 csh/zsh caveat  
1.4 A User's Perspective  

This document was generated by Bruce Korb on May 5, 2003 using texi2html

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