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As shown in the previous chapters, GNU
cflow is highly
configurable. Different command line options have different effects,
as specifying new operation modes or altering some aspects of the
output. You will likely use some options frequently, while you will
use others from time to time, or not at all (See section Complete Listing of
cflow Options., for a
full list of options).
CFLOW_OPTIONS environment variable specifies default
options to be placed in front of any explicit options. For example,
if you set
CFLOW_OPTIONS="--format=posix --cpp" in your
cflow will behave as if the two options
‘--format=posix’ and ‘--cpp’ had been specified before
any explicit options.
There is also another possibility to specify your default
options. After incorporating eventual content of
cflow checks the value of the environment variable
CFLOWRC. This value, if not empty, specifies the name of
the configuration file to read. If
CFLOWRC is not defined or
is empty, the program attempts to read file ‘.cflowrc’ in the
user’s home directory. It is not an error if any of these
files does not exist. However, if the file does exist but cannot be
cflow will issue an explicit error message.
The configuration file is read line by line. Empty lines and
lines beginning with usual
shell comment character
(‘#’) are ignored. Otherwise, the line is split into words,
the same way
shell does, and the resulting words are
placed in the command line after any options taken from
CFLOW_OPTIONS variable, but before any explicit options.
Pay attention when using such options as ‘-D’ in the
configuration file. The value of the ‘-D’ option will be added to
the preprocessor command line and will be processed by the shell, so
be careful to properly quote its argument. The rule of thumb is:
“use the same quoting you would have used in the shell command line”.
For example, to run
cc -E as a preprocessor, you can use the
following configuration file:
--cpp='cc -E' -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -D__extension__\\\(c\\\)=
By the way, the above example shows a way of coping
with the ‘__extension__()’ construct used by
gcc, i.e. by
defining it to an empty string.
It may sometimes be necessary to cancel the effect of a command
line option. For example, you might specify ‘--brief’ in your
configuration file, but then occasionally need to obtain verbose
graph. To cancel the effect of any GNU
cflow option that does
not take arguments, prepend ‘no-’ to the corresponding long
option name. Thus, specifying ‘--no-brief’ cancels the effect
of the previous ‘--brief’ option.
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