I’ve often used the Perl module
Getopt::Long to handle options for scripts. This time I wanted something a bit more complex, I was aiming for something akin to the command-line interface to cvs. Basically, there are options which apply globally then a command and then command specific options. e.g.
lcfg-reltool --quiet --dir dice/lcfg-foo release --checkcommitted --genchangelog
Getopt::Long expects to handle the whole argument list and will throw an error when it sees unknown options. I discovered that it is possible to configure it instead to pass-through any unknown options.
use Getopt::Long (); Getopt::Long::Configure('pass_through'); my $dir = '.'; my $quiet = 0; Getopt::Long::GetOptions( 'dir=s' => \$dir, 'quiet' => \$quiet); Getopt::Long::Configure('no_pass_through'); # revert to normal behaviour
All matched options will be removed from the
@ARGV list and it is then possible to call
Getopt::Long for a second time with a command-specific option profile.