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Module Version: 0.41   Source   Latest Release: App-CmdDispatch-0.42

NAME ^

App::CmdDispatch::Help - Provide help functionality for the CmdDispatch module

VERSION ^

This document describes App::CmdDispatch::Help version 0.41

SYNOPSIS ^

    use App::CmdDispatch::Help;

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.

DESCRIPTION ^

This module encapsulates the help/hint system for the App::CmdDispatch module.

INTERFACE ^

App::CmdDispatch::Help->new( $dispatch, $command, $config )

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.

clue

This text is a short blurb showing the format of the command.

help

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

help:indent_hint

This string is prepended to the hint for each command. The default value is 2 spaces.

help:pre_hint

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.

help:post_hint

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.

help:indent_help

This string is prepended to the hint for each command. The default value is 8 spaces.

help:pre_help

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.

help:post_help

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.

hint( $dispatch, $cmd )

This method prints a short hint listing all commands and aliases or just the hint for the supplied command.

help( $dispatch, $cmd )

This method prints help for the program or just help on the supplied command.

normalize_command_help( $table )

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.

sort_commands( @cmds )

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.

CONFIGURATION AND ENVIRONMENT ^

App::CmdDispatch::Help requires no configuration files or environment variables.

DEPENDENCIES ^

None.

INCOMPATIBILITIES ^

None reported.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS ^

No bugs have been reported.

AUTHOR ^

G. Wade Johnson wade@anomaly.org

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright (c) 2013, G. Wade Johnson wade@anomaly.org. All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See perlartistic.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY ^

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