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       saxonb-xquery - command line XQuery processor


       saxonb-xquery [OPTION...] QUERYFILE [NAME=VALUE...]


       This manual page documents briefly the saxonb-xquery command. This page
       was written for the Debian(TM) distribution because the original
       program does not have a manual page. Still, it has HTML documentation
       which is shipped in the libsaxonb-java-doc package.

       saxonb-xquery is a command line wrapper around the Saxon-B XSLT and
       XQuery processor. Using saxonb-xquery you can evaluate XQuery queries
       directly from the command line. Internally, saxonb-xquery is a wrapper
       around the Java class net.sf.saxon.Query implemented by Saxon-B.

       saxonb-xquery should be invoked passing a (required) filename
       containing the XQuery query to be evaluated; the special filename "-"
       can be given to require reading the query from standard input.

       Before the query filename a list of options can be given, see below.

       At the end of the command line, a list of parameters can be given.
       Parameters are passed using the syntax NAME=VALUE, to specify
       parameters´ names and values.

       A parameter name prefixed with "+" (plus sign) will be interpreted as a
       filesystem path parameter If the path points to a single file, that
       file will be parsed as XML and its document node will be passed as the
       parameter value. If the path points to a directory, all directly
       contained files will be parsed as XML files, and the sequence of their
       document nodes will be passed as the parameter value.

       A parameter name prefixed with "!" (exclamation mark) will be interpted
       as a output/serialization parameter. See the specifications of XQuery
       and XSLT 2.0 for more information on output/serialization parameters.

       To pass parameters belonging to the non-null namespace, the syntax
       {uri}localname=value is provided.

       Parameters will be visible as external variables during query
       evaluation, provided they have been declared in the query prolog. See
       the XQuery specification for more information on variables and their


       A summary of supported options is included below. Options can be passed
       in any order.

       We first report the options which are shared by saxonb-xquery and
       saxonb-xslt, then those specific to saxonb-xquery (or which have a
       different semantics).

       Some options are flagged as "Saxon-SA only", such options work only if
       Saxon-SA is installed. Note that Saxon-SA is a commercial product, as
       such it is not available in Debian.

   Common options
           Specify a class to be used for processing collection URIs passed to
           the collection() function. The class must implement

       -dtd: {[on] | [off]}
           Enable or disable DTD validation. Default: off.

       -expand: {[on] | [off]}
           When validation is enabled, expand default values in validated
           documents. This option enables or disables such an expansion.
           Default: on.

       -explain [:filename]
           Display an execution plan; the output is in XML format. If filename
           is not given it will be displayed on standard output.

       -ext: {[on] | [off]}
           Enable or disable the ability to invoke external Java functions
           from query files and stylesheets. Beware that enabling them is a
           potential security risk when processing untrusted files. Default:

       -l: {[on] | [off]}
           Keep (when on) or throw away (when off) line numbers in tress
           corresponding to source documents. When kept, line numbers can be
           accessed using the function saxon:line-number(). Default: off.

       -outval: {[recover] | [fatal]}
           When validation is required, set whether validation errors are
           fatal (when "fatal" is passed) or if they only trigger warnings
           (when "recover" is). Default: fatal.

       -p: {[on] | [off]}
           Enable or disable usage of the PTreeURIResolver. Saxon-SA only.

           Specify a class to be used for resolving all URIs.

           Repeat the transformation N times. For benchmarking purposes.

           Perform Schema-aware processing. Saxon-SA only.

       -strip: {[all] | [none] | [ignorable]}
           Specify whitespace stripping policy for source documents: strip all
           of them ("all"), strip none of them ("none"), strip ignorable
           whitespace only ("ignorable"). Default: none.

           Display version, timing, and other debugging information on
           standard error.

       -tree: {[tiny] | [linked]}
           Select the implementation of the internal tree model: tiny tree
           model ("tiny") or linked tree model ("linked"). See the Saxon
           documentation for more information on the internal tree model.
           Default: tiny.

       -T [:classname]
           Trace various aspect of the processing; an optional class name can
           be given to specify a user-chosen tracer. The class must implement
           net.sf.saxon.trace.TraceListener. The default is a system supplied
           tracer. This option implies -l.

           Enable tracing of external Java method invocation. See -ext.

           Force interpretation of source document names as URI. By default
           they are considered to be file names, unless they start with
           "file:" or "http:".

       -val: {[strict] | [lax]}
           When validation is enabled, choose among "strict" or "lax"
           validation. Saxon-SA only.

           Specify a class to be used as SAX parser for input documents. The
           class must implement either org.xml.sax.Parser or

           Apply XInclude processing to all input documents.

       -xmlversion: {[1.0] | [1.1]}
           Choose the XML version for processing input documents. "1.1" must
           be specified to process XML 1.1 and Namespaces 1.1 constructs.
           Default: 1.0.

           Display a help message and exit.

   Options specific to saxonb-xquery
           Use the specifed class as a ModuleURIResolver to resolve query
           module URIs. The class must implement

           Send the query output to the specified filename. If not specified
           the output will be sent to standard output. See also -wrap.

       -pipe: {[push] | [pull]}
           Internally, execute query in push or pull mode. Mainly for testing
           purposes. Push mode is usually faster when intermediate tree are
           constructed in memory. Default: push.

       -projection: {[on] | [off]}
           Enable or disable document projection, i.e. the ability to throw
           away tree parts which will not be accessed by a query. Saxon-SA

       -s: {[file] | [URI]}
           Read document input from the specified filename ("-" can be given
           to read from standard input). The read document will be available
           to the query as the context node.  -u affects how filename is

       -wrap: {[on] | [off]}
           Enable or disable wrapping of query result in a XML structure which
           makes explicit the kind of each output node or atomic value. For
           example free-standing attributes will be wrapped in an explicit XML
           element stating that they are attributes. When this is off, the
           query output will be wrapped only using a document node; in such a
           setting is possible that output parts, such as free-standing
           attributes, can´t be serialized. Default: off.


       saxonb-xslt (1), XQuery 1.0: An XML Query Language (W3C

       This program is fully documented by the HTML documentation of Saxon,
       available in the libsaxon-java-doc Debian package.


       This manual page was written by Stefano Zacchiroli <>
       for the Debian(TM) system (but may be used by others). Permission is
       granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms
       of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 or any later version
       published by the Free Software Foundation.

       On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
       can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


       Copyright © 2008 Stefano Zacchiroli

                                 February 2008                SAXONB-XQUERY(1)