On Aug 15, 2006, at 14:45, benjohn / fysh.org wrote:

>
> I've been writing a few unix scripts recently. I'm very much  
> feeling the
> need for a framework that will let me build scripts and not worry  
> about
> such common functionality as:
>
>   * providing parameters through the command line and config files, or
> falling back to program specified defaults.
>   * getting help on command usage (perhaps via embedded rdoc).
>
> I would imagine there is a developed framework out there to do this  
> kind
> of thing?

The optparse library is distributed along with Ruby, and will  
probably do a large part of what you're after.  And don't forget  
about ARGF.

http://ruby-doc.org/stdlib/libdoc/optparse/rdoc/index.html

matthew smillie.