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b3 Command Line Interface

The b3 Command Line Interface (CLI) is a generic light weight command line oriented user interface to an extensible set of headless actions.

Headless installation

The following steps focus on the installation of the bare b3 command line interface.

  1. Start by Downloading the (headless) director which can be found here.
  2. Next unpack the director to a location of your choice. You may want to set the PATH to include the install location and make the director accessible for additional use.
  3. Install b3 with the following command:
    • director -r <HEADLESS_REPO> -d <INSTALL_DIR> -p b3 -i org.eclipse.b3.cli.product where
      • -r <HEADLESS_REPO> is the headless p2 update site: Current version is: (Check the download page for changes of the headless update site.)
      • -d <INSTALL_DIR> is the chosen install location of the headless b3
      • -p b3 is the name of the p2 profile
      • -i org.eclipse.cli.product is the name of the headless b3 base

Launch headless b3

  1. run "b3" script in the directory where b3 is installed with previous step
  2. if no extension is installed, only --stackTrace and -? resp. --help options and runScript command are available:
No command was specified

Usage: b3 command [options...]
 --eclipseLogLevel [DEBUG | INFO |      : Controls the verbosity of the eclipse
 WARNING | ERROR]                       : log trace output. Defaults to global
                                          b3 settings.
 --logLevel [DEBUG | INFO | WARNING |   : Controls the verbosity of the console
 ERROR]                                 : trace output. Defaults to global b3
 --stacktrace                           : Display stack trace on error
 -? (--help)                            : Print help screen for specified

Available commands:
runScript - Runs a set of commands from a script file

Running a script

A script file can be run with b3 command line interface. The script file can contain any valid b3 commands with arguments. Nesting of the script files is allowed, but be careful to avoid endless script loop.

Usage: b3 runScript [options...] <script file>
--stacktrace           : Display stack trace on error
-? (--help)            : Print help screen for specified command
-c (--continueonerror) : If this flag is set, script execution will continue
                         after a command fails.

More information

Commands defined in the script file are launched sequentially. The following rules apply:

  • each command is defined on a single line
  • parameters may be enclosed in quotes or double quotes
  • parameters may contain variables ${var}, $var or $env:var, ${env.var}
  • variables are expanded only if parameters are double quoted
  • parameters may contain escaped characters
  • \t, \r and \n are replaced with tab, return or new line
  • empty lines and lines beginning with '#' are comments

Adding extensions

  1. use p2 director to install new features that may contribute new commands
  2. running b3 CLI with extensions prints a usage screen with all available commands
  3. running b3 CLI with specified command prints a usage screen with all available options for that command

Writing a new extension

  1. create a new bundle
  2. create a class extending org.eclipse.b3.cli.AbstractCommand
  3. define class fields with org.kohsuke.args4j.Option or org.kohsuke.args4j.Argument annotations (see args4j manual for more details)
  4. implement run(IProgressMonitor monitor) method
  5. register an extension for org.eclipse.b3.cli.commands (specify implementing class and command name)
  6. add the bundle to your b3 configuration

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