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'getgetopt' takes an easy-to-do description of options and generates a C function that uses the GNU getopt_long(3) function to parse and validate the options. gengetopt is perfect if you don't want to write all the stuff required to call GNU getopt_long(3), or if you have a program and wish it took many options. The generated code works if you use autoconf or automake.


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Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:gengetopt


Download version 2.22.6 (stable)
released on 7 November 2012



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GPLv3orlaterKelly Hopkins30 December 2009

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Lorenzo Bettini Maintainer
James R. Van Zandt Contributor

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Weak prerequisite automake
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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 September 2010.


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