Wed Oct 28 11:46:23 2009

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CLI command API

CLI commands are described by a struct ast_cli_entry that contains all the components for their implementation.

In the "old-style" format, the record must contain:

int old_setdebug(int fd, int argc, char *argv[]); char *dbg_complete(const char *line, const char *word, int pos, int n);

{ { "set", "debug", "on", NULL }, do_setdebug, "Enable debugging", set_debug_usage, dbg_complete },

In the "new-style" format, all the above functionalities are implemented by a single function, and the arguments tell which output is required. The prototype is the following:

char *new_setdebug(const struct ast_cli_entry *e, int cmd, struct ast_cli_args *a);

... this is how we create the entry to register AST_CLI_DEFINE(new_setdebug, "short description") ...

To help the transition, we make the pointer to the struct ast_cli_entry available to old-style handlers via argv[-1].

An example of new-style handler is the following

static char *test_new_cli(struct ast_cli_entry *e, int cmd, struct ast_cli_args *a)
   static char *choices = { "one", "two", "three", NULL };

        switch (cmd) {
        case CLI_INIT:
      e->command = "do this well";
                e->usage =
         "Usage: do this well <arg>\n"
         "  typically multiline with body indented\n";
      return NULL;

        case CLI_GENERATE:
                if (a->pos > e->args)
                        return NULL;
         return ast_cli_complete(a->word, choices, a->n);

                // we are guaranteed to be called with argc >= e->args;
                if (a->argc > e->args + 1) // we accept one extra argument
                        return CLI_SHOWUSAGE;
                ast_cli(a->fd, "done this well for %s\n", e->args[argc-1]);
                return CLI_SUCCESS;

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