Command Line Options
[Run-time Environment]

Also formats and writes --help and -h command line option output.

Each module can utilize the bootstrapping mechanism to add command line options to be processed as application startup. Processing of command line options requries three operations to be performed, the accumulation of command line option descriptions, the broadcasting of the command line options (argc, argv) from the rank 0 processor to the other processors and the actual parsing of the command line options.

Refer to the boost program options library for details on utilizing the command line option descriptions and variable map.

Command line option descriptions describe the options available to the user from the command line. These desciptions also provide help documentation and grouping. Since many modules may be interested in adding command line option desciptions to the system, the singleton stk::env::get_options_description() provides the global command line option descriptions. Each module utilizes the bootstrapping mechanism to add its options to this description.

For example:

 #include <stk_util/util/Bootstrap.hpp>
 namespace {
 void bootstrap()
   boost::program_options::options_description desc("Use case options");
     ("performance", "run performance test")
     ("mesh", boost::program_options::value<std::string>(), "run mesh file performance test");
 stk::Bootstrap x(&bootstrap);
 } // namespace <empty>

The applications main executes the bootstrap functions causing the command line description to be fully populated.

The parsing of the command line options requires that the arguments specified on the command line on processor zero be broadcast to the remaining processors (some MPI's seem to not handle this properly). The BroadcastArg class takes argc and argv and broadcasts to all of the processors. These broadcast arguments are then provided to the boost::parse_command_line() function.

For example:

   int           argc,
   char **       argv)
   &nbsp;// Execute product bootstraps
   &nbsp;// Initialize parallel machine
   stk::ParallelMachine parallel_machine;
   parallel_machine = stk::parallel_machine_init(&argc, &argv);
   &nbsp;// Broadcast argc and argv to all processors.
   stk::BroadcastArg b_arg(parallel_machine, argc, argv);
   &nbsp;// Process the broadcast command line arguments
   namespace opt = boost::program_options;
   opt::variables_map vm;                
   opt::store(opt::parse_command_line(b_arg.m_argc, b_arg.m_argv, stk::env::get_options_description()), vm);

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