patch to use net options

Henrik Nordstrom hno at
Tue May 24 21:04:40 GMT 2005

On Tue, 24 May 2005, [ISO-8859-1] LEOCADIE Grégory wrote:

>> Regards
>> Henrik
> I'm ok with this way and it works,but it looks weird to have and to write a 
> command like this:  net -U toto%iscool share list -h
> No?

Perhaps -U should be a common option to rather than a global one.. 
allowing for syntaxes like

net share list -U toto%iscool -h


net share -h list -U toto%iscool

(both works fine with the proper popt tables)

To realize this you need to divide options in three categories

a) Global options for the command as such.

b) Module specific options (tree hierarchy of modules possible)

c) Command specific options.

You could skip 'a' if you like. The only purpose of 'a' is to allow for 
certain options before the sub-command name. Or alternatively you can make 
the sub-commands include the global popt table allowing the user to 
specify the global options anywhere he likes. Including the global popt 
table is just a matter of adding an include to the sub-command popt 

I have refined the example slightly based on your comments and some 
further reading of popt.

   * Found a somewhat undocumented popt support function quite handy for 
sub-command processing: poptStrippedArgv(). Automatically preserves 
argv[0] and gives you argc making option processing in sub-commands 
very natural.

   * Added a specialized help hook main, printing the available 

   * Made module2 dependent on module1, showing module inheritance.

   * Added defines for including the options of a specific module similar 
to the POPT_DEFAULT_HELP define provided by popt.

   * Thanks to the defines consistent module help labels was added 
explaining the grouping of the options to the user.

   * Sub-commands now includes the global options in addition to the 
options of the modules they depend on, allowing global options to be 
placed anywhere on the command line (also included in sub-command help)

The example program demonstrating this use of popt can be found from


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