QCommandLineOption Class

The QCommandLineOption class defines a possible command-line option. More...

Header: #include <QCommandLineOption>
qmake: QT += core
Since: Qt 5.2

Public Functions

QCommandLineOption(const QString &name)
QCommandLineOption(const QStringList &names)
QCommandLineOption(const QString &name, const QString &description, const QString &valueName = QString(), const QString &defaultValue = QString())
QCommandLineOption(const QStringList &names, const QString &description, const QString &valueName = QString(), const QString &defaultValue = QString())
QCommandLineOption(const QCommandLineOption &other)
~QCommandLineOption()
QStringList defaultValues() const
QString description() const
bool isHidden() const
QStringList names() const
void setDefaultValue(const QString &defaultValue)
void setDefaultValues(const QStringList &defaultValues)
void setDescription(const QString &description)
void setHidden(bool hide)
void setValueName(const QString &valueName)
void swap(QCommandLineOption &other)
QString valueName() const
QCommandLineOption &operator=(const QCommandLineOption &other)
QCommandLineOption &operator=(QCommandLineOption &&other)

Detailed Description

The QCommandLineOption class defines a possible command-line option.

This class is used to describe an option on the command line. It allows different ways of defining the same option with multiple aliases possible. It is also used to describe how the option is used - it may be a flag (e.g. -v) or take a value (e.g. -o file).

Examples:

QCommandLineOption verboseOption("verbose", "Verbose mode. Prints out more information.");
QCommandLineOption outputOption(QStringList() << "o" << "output", "Write generated data into <file>.", "file");

See also QCommandLineParser.

Member Function Documentation

QCommandLineOption::QCommandLineOption(const QString &name)

Constructs a command line option object with the name name.

The name can be either short or long. If the name is one character in length, it is considered a short name. Option names must not be empty, must not start with a dash or a slash character, must not contain a = and cannot be repeated.

See also setDescription(), setValueName(), and setDefaultValues().

QCommandLineOption::QCommandLineOption(const QStringList &names)

Constructs a command line option object with the names names.

This overload allows to set multiple names for the option, for instance o and output.

The names can be either short or long. Any name in the list that is one character in length is a short name. Option names must not be empty, must not start with a dash or a slash character, must not contain a = and cannot be repeated.

See also setDescription(), setValueName(), and setDefaultValues().

QCommandLineOption::QCommandLineOption(const QString &name, const QString &description, const QString &valueName = QString(), const QString &defaultValue = QString())

Constructs a command line option object with the given arguments.

The name of the option is set to name. The name can be either short or long. If the name is one character in length, it is considered a short name. Option names must not be empty, must not start with a dash or a slash character, must not contain a = and cannot be repeated.

The description is set to description. It is customary to add a "." at the end of the description.

In addition, the valueName can be set if the option expects a value. The default value for the option is set to defaultValue.

In Qt versions before 5.4, this constructor was explicit. In Qt 5.4 and later, it no longer is and can be used for C++11-style uniform initialization:

QCommandLineParser parser;
parser.addOption({"verbose", "Verbose mode. Prints out more information."});

See also setDescription(), setValueName(), and setDefaultValues().

QCommandLineOption::QCommandLineOption(const QStringList &names, const QString &description, const QString &valueName = QString(), const QString &defaultValue = QString())

Constructs a command line option object with the given arguments.

This overload allows to set multiple names for the option, for instance o and output.

The names of the option are set to names. The names can be either short or long. Any name in the list that is one character in length is a short name. Option names must not be empty, must not start with a dash or a slash character, must not contain a = and cannot be repeated.

The description is set to description. It is customary to add a "." at the end of the description.

In addition, the valueName can be set if the option expects a value. The default value for the option is set to defaultValue.

In Qt versions before 5.4, this constructor was explicit. In Qt 5.4 and later, it no longer is and can be used for C++11-style uniform initialization:

QCommandLineParser parser;
parser.addOption({{"o", "output"}, "Write generated data into <file>.", "file"});

See also setDescription(), setValueName(), and setDefaultValues().

QCommandLineOption::QCommandLineOption(const QCommandLineOption &other)

Constructs a QCommandLineOption object that is a copy of the QCommandLineOption object other.

See also operator=().

QCommandLineOption::~QCommandLineOption()

Destroys the command line option object.

QStringList QCommandLineOption::defaultValues() const

Returns the default values set for this option.

See also setDefaultValues().

QString QCommandLineOption::description() const

Returns the description set for this option.

See also setDescription().

bool QCommandLineOption::isHidden() const

Returns true if this option is omitted from the help output, false if the option is listed.

This function was introduced in Qt 5.6.

See also setHidden().

QStringList QCommandLineOption::names() const

Returns the names set for this option.

void QCommandLineOption::setDefaultValue(const QString &defaultValue)

Sets the default value used for this option to defaultValue.

The default value is used if the user of the application does not specify the option on the command line.

If defaultValue is empty, the option has no default values.

See also defaultValues() and setDefaultValues().

void QCommandLineOption::setDefaultValues(const QStringList &defaultValues)

Sets the list of default values used for this option to defaultValues.

The default values are used if the user of the application does not specify the option on the command line.

See also defaultValues() and setDefaultValue().

void QCommandLineOption::setDescription(const QString &description)

Sets the description used for this option to description.

It is customary to add a "." at the end of the description.

The description is used by QCommandLineParser::showHelp().

See also description().

void QCommandLineOption::setHidden(bool hide)

Sets whether to hide this option in the user-visible help output.

All options are visible by default. Setting hide to true for a particular option makes it internal, i.e. not listed in the help output.

This function was introduced in Qt 5.6.

See also isHidden.

void QCommandLineOption::setValueName(const QString &valueName)

Sets the name of the expected value, for the documentation, to valueName.

Options without a value assigned have a boolean-like behavior: either the user specifies --option or they don't.

Options with a value assigned need to set a name for the expected value, for the documentation of the option in the help output. An option with names o and output, and a value name of file will appear as -o, --output <file>.

Call QCommandLineParser::value() if you expect the option to be present only once, and QCommandLineParser::values() if you expect that option to be present multiple times.

See also valueName().

void QCommandLineOption::swap(QCommandLineOption &other)

Swaps option other with this option. This operation is very fast and never fails.

QString QCommandLineOption::valueName() const

Returns the name of the expected value.

If empty, the option doesn't take a value.

See also setValueName().

QCommandLineOption &QCommandLineOption::operator=(const QCommandLineOption &other)

Makes a copy of the other object and assigns it to this QCommandLineOption object.

QCommandLineOption &QCommandLineOption::operator=(QCommandLineOption &&other)

Move-assigns other to this QCommandLineOption instance.

This function was introduced in Qt 5.2.

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