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Validating argument combinations

You may need more precise settings for the usage of arguments. Every argument can be marked Optional/Mandatory using the Optional field. Furthermore, you may set conditions for whole groups of arguments.

You can specify that
  • only one of the arguments from a set of arguments must be used
  • exactly one of the arguments from a set of arguments must be used
  • at least one of the arguments from a set of arguments must be used
  • arguments from one set cannot be used together with arguments from another set

Here is an example (uses declarative syntax - see Declarative argument syntax (attributes):

 * example of using argument certification - this example uses declarative 
 * certification syntax. You can also add certifications to the parser using
 * CommandLineParser.Certifications collection
// exactly one of the arguments x, o, c must be used
[ArgumentGroupCertification("x,o,c", EArgumentGroupCondition.ExactlyOneUsed)]
// only one of the arguments f, u must be used
[ArgumentGroupCertification("f,u", EArgumentGroupCondition.OneOreNoneUsed)]
// arguments j and k can not be used together with arguments l or m
public class Archiver
    [ValueArgument(typeof(string), 'f', "file", Description="Input from file")]
    public string InputFromFile;

    [ValueArgument(typeof(string), 'u', "url", Description = "Input from url")]
    public string InputFromUrl;

    [ValueArgument(typeof(string), 'c', "create", Description = "Create archive")]
    public string CreateArchive;

    [ValueArgument(typeof(string), 'x', "extract", Description = "Extract archive")]
    public string ExtractArchive;

    [ValueArgument(typeof(string), 'o', "open", Description = "Open archive")]
    public string OpenArchive;

    [SwitchArgument('j', "g1a1", true)]
    public bool group1Arg1;

    [SwitchArgument('k', "g1a2", true)]
    public bool group1Arg2;

    [SwitchArgument('l', "g2a1", true)]
    public bool group2Arg1;

    [SwitchArgument('m', "g2a2", true)]
    public bool group2Arg2;

static void Main(string[] args)
    CommandLineParser.CommandLineParser parser = new CommandLineParser.CommandLineParser();
    //create instance of a manipulated object
    ParsingTarget p = new ParsingTarget();
    //look for the bound fields in the object p

        //parse the commandline and show the results

        //work with the p object here, its values 
        //are set to the values found on the command line
    catch (CommandLineException e)

Last edited May 9, 2009 at 10:58 PM by Trupik, version 3


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