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icmstart - A startup script for icmbuild program maintenance
icmstart [Options] top-dir [program|library]
The icmstart script is a generic script that can be used to start
program maintenance using icmake(1) and icmbuild(1). Icmstart creates
an initial directory top-dir and installs the files CLASSES, VERSION
and icmconf below top-dir. A second argument `program’ or `library’
may be specified as the default mode of operation of the icmbuild(1)
Skeleton files for the main directory and subdirectories, by default
listed in the file /etc/icmake/icmstart.rc, may be installed as well
After changing to the directory created by icmstart the icmbuild(1)
script may be used for program maintenance.
Icmstart may be called with the following options, which (if specified)
must be the first arguments of icmstart:
o -c confpath
Use the configuration files (icmstart.rc, AUTHOR, YEARS and
VERSION) if found in `confpath’ rather than in ~/.icmake and/or
/etc/icmake/. Once a file is found it is used allowing partial
overrides of the default files provided by icmake(1).
Do not execute any commands, but show the commands that would
have been executed on the standard output.
Do not install files.
o -r Unconditionally replace existing files. If -r is not provided
icmstart will ask the user to confirm that an existing file must
be overwritten. If a skeleton specification refers to a
directory, the full directory and its subdirectories will be
o -s skeleton-path
By default skeleton files are listed in the skeleton resource
file /usr/share/icmake/icmstart.rc. Alternatively, the skeleton
resource file may be specified by the ICM environment variable,
which -in turn- may be overruled by the path specified with the
-s option. The skeleton path may be specified as a full
file-path or as a directory, in which case the skeleton resource
file is assumed to be icmstart.rc (see below at SKELETON FILES).
Since icmstart uses cp to install files, cp must be available
when icmstart should install skeleton files.
Skeleton resource files may contain comment (empty lines and lines
beginning with the hash-mark (#)) which is ignored, and should
otherwise contain specifications of resource s to install.
The default resource file is /etc/icmake/icmstart.rc, contains
P ? scanner
P ? parser
This file is overruled by ~/.icmake/icmstart.rc. See icmstart.rc(7) for
details about the format of the icmstart.rc file.
The configuration files icmstart.rc, AUTHOR, YEARS and VERSION are
recognized and processed by icmstart.
If the -c option was specified configuration files found in the path
specified at this option are used. If not specified or if a file isn’t
found then the path ~/icmake is inspected. If a configuration file
isn’t found in ~/icmake either, configuration files in /etc/icmake are
Configuration files are not required for the proper operation of
icmstart. When absent icmstart performs the following default
o If the file AUTHOR does not exist icmstart uses #define AUTHOR
When the file AUTHOR is defined in a configuration path it
should have one line, defining the author of the program. E.g.,
#define AUTHOR "Frank B. Brokken <email@example.com>"
o If the file VERSION does not exist icmstart uses #define VERSION
When the file VERSION is defined in a configuration path it
should have one line, defining the program’s initial version.
#define VERSION "1.00.00"
o If the file YEAR does not exist icmstart uses #define YEARS
"yyyy" where yyyy is the current year.
When the file YEAR is defined in a configuration path it should
have one line, defining the program’s initial release year.
#define YEARS "2011"
Plural is used here since a release year usually becomes a range
of years after some time, as with Icmake’s years specification:
#define YEARS "1992-2011"
o If the file icmstart.rc does not exist (or is empty) icmstart
will not install any of the files normally found in icmstart.rc,
but the initial project directory, icmconf and VERSION are
The mentioned paths are sugestive only and may be installation
o /usr/share/icmake/icmconf Example of a icmbuild configuration
o /usr/share/icmake/CLASSES Example of a icmbuild CLASSES file.
o /usr/share/icmake/icmstart.rc Default skeleton resource file.
icmake(1), icmbuild(1), icmconf(7), icmstart.rc(7).
This is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General
Public License (GPL).
Frank B. Brokken (firstname.lastname@example.org).