coalpit- Command-line options and DSV parsing and printing

Maintainerdefanor <>
Portabilitynon-portable (uses GHC extensions)
Safe HaskellNone



Coalpit is a library for building command-line interfaces: the goal is to get interfaces quickly and easily, while keeping them language-agnostic and more user- and shell scripting-friendly than JSON and similar formats.


{-# LANGUAGE DeriveGeneric, DeriveAnyClass #-}
import GHC.Generics
import Data.Proxy
import System.Environment
import Coalpit

data Foo = Foo { bar :: Maybe Int
               , baz :: String
               } deriving (Show, Generic, Coalpit)

main :: IO ()
main = do
  args <- getArgs
  case fromArgs defOpt args of
    Left err -> do
      putStrLn err
      putStrLn $ "Usage: " ++ usageString defOpt (Proxy :: Proxy Foo)
    Right x -> do
      print (x :: Foo)
      print $ toArgs defOpt x
      putStrLn $ showDSV defOpt x
      print (readDSV defOpt $ showDSV defOpt x :: Either String Foo)

Then, in a shell:

$ ./Example 'a string'
Foo {bar = Nothing, baz = "a string"}
["a string"]
"a string"
Right (Foo {bar = Nothing, baz = "a string"})
$ ./Example --bar 42 'a string'
Foo {bar = Just 42, baz = "a string"}
["--bar","42","a string"]
--bar 42 "a string"
Right (Foo {bar = Just 42, baz = "a string"})
$ ./Example --bar foo
Failed to read: foo

Usage: [--bar INT] STRING