App::CmdDispatch::Help - Provide help functionality for the CmdDispatch module
This document describes App::CmdDispatch::Help version 0.4
This module is mostly loaded directly by the App::CmdDispatch module when needed. At present, there are very few reasons for someone to use it directly.
This module encapsulates the help/hint system for the App::CmdDispatch module.
Construct a new object of type
App::CmdDispatch::Help. This object can handle the normal help and hint functionality of the commands in the dispatch table.
The first parameter is a reference to the App::CmdDispatch object that contains this Help object. It is used to access the command table and the IO functionality.
The second parameter is the command hash at the time of creation. In order to provide appropiate help, the command hash should have a few extra pieces of information associated with each command. The following keys are extracted from the description hash of each command.
This text is a short blurb showing the format of the command.
This text is a longer piece of text that describes the commands parameters and functionality.
The third parameter is the configuration hash. This contains some values that modify the functionality of the help system. The keys of interest are
This string is prepended to the hint for each command. The default value is 2 spaces.
This string contains text that is displayed before the list of command hints if the hints for all commands are requested. The default value is empty.
This string contains text that is displayed after the list of command and alias hints if the hints for all commands and aliases are requested. The default value is empty.
This string is prepended to the hint for each command. The default value is 8 spaces.
This string contains text that is displayed before the list of command help if the help for all commands are requested. The default value is empty.
This string contains text that is displayed after the list of command and alias help if the help for all commands and aliases are requested. The default value is empty.
This method prints a short hint listing all commands and aliases or just the hint for the supplied command.
This method prints help for the program or just help on the supplied command.
This method takes a hash of commands and fills in whatever help/hint information that it can for the information that is available. Although not perfect, it does ensure that there is some information for every command.
This subroutine sorts the list of commands. The resulting list contains all of the commands except help and hint in sorted order, followed by hint then help.
App::CmdDispatch::Help requires no configuration files or environment variables.
No bugs have been reported.
G. Wade Johnson
Copyright (c) 2013, G. Wade Johnson
firstname.lastname@example.org. All rights reserved.
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