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Processing Command Line Arguments in Java

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Processing Command Line Arguments in Java

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Rather than parsing command line arguments yourself, Apache has a nice library to do it for you, called Apache Commons CLI. It has a few different options, for various flavors of parsing, although this example demonstrates the two most common use cases (I think) – a flag, and setting a value.

The nice thing about this is it warns you if you specify incorrect arguments, so you can avoid worrying about that ever again.

import org.apache.commons.cli.*;
public class ArtEtl {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
  Options options = new Options();
  options.addOption("d", false, "Delete records"); // does not have a value
  options.addOption("c", true, "CSV Repository"); // has a value
  CommandLineParser parser = new PosixParser();
  CommandLine cmd = parser.parse( options, args);
  if (cmd.hasOption("d")) {
    System.out.println("Clearing index");

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