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Set of decorators of to create transform a class into a command-line tool.

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Set of decorators of to create transform a class into a command-line tool

Imagine, you’ve got a class you want to use from the command line, without having to explicitly parse the command line and make all the routing stuff.

That’s what’s cltools is doing by proving decorators on class and methods to make your class runnable, and transform your method into commands.

cltools create command tools like git/hg/svn/apt-get/apt-cache/…, that means your tool will have commands

simple example :

Imagine, you’ve got a simple class that make tasks, and you want to make a command line tool with that. Let’s say, it’s a calculator module

#!/usr/bin/env python

class Calc(object) :
    def __init__(self) :
    def add(self, value1, value2) :
        return value1+value2
    def mult(self, value1, value2) :
        return value1*value2

Then, we will write a simple class and transform into a runnable tool:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
from calclib import Calc
from cltools import CLRunner
from supertools import superable

class CalcTool(object) :
    '''A simple command-line wrapper for calclib'''
    def __init__(self) :
        self._calc = Calc()

    def get_two_params(self, args) :
        if len(args) != 2 :
            # errorexit provided by CLRunnable parent
            self.errorexit("Need two values VALUE1 and VALUE2 as arguments")
        try :
            value1 = int(args[0])
        except Exception :
            self.errorexit("Value [%s] should be a valid number" % (args[0],))
        try :
            value2 = int(args[1])
        except Exception :
            self.errorexit("Value [%s] should be a valid number" % (args[1],))
        return value1, value2

    def add(self, args, kwargs) :
        '''Add two values VALUE1 and VALUE2 given as parameters'''
        value1, value2 = self.get_two_params(args)
        value = self._calc.add(value1, value2)
        self.status("Result : [%s]" % (value,))

    def mult(self, args, kwargs) :
        '''Multiplie two values VALUE1 and VALUE2'''
        value1, value2 = self.get_two_params(args)
        value = self._calc.mult(value1, value2)
        self.status("Result : [%s]" % (value,))

    def help(self, args=[], kwargs={}) :
        '''Get this help'''

if __name__ == '__main__' :
    calctool = CalcTool()
    if not( sys.argv )) :

Now we can test our command line tool:

$ ./
A simple command-line wrapper for calclib

    add                  Add two values VALUE1 and VALUE2 given as parameters
    help                 Get this help
    mult                 Multiplie two values VALUE1 and VALUE2

Error : Need a command name
$ ./ add 4 17
Result : [21]
$ ./ add 15 66 33
Error : Need two values VALUE1 and VALUE2 as arguments

Note that the help is aumatically generate based on commands declared in the class, and the online doc attached to the class and methods.

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