Clikt uses exceptions internally to signal that processing has ended early for any reason. This includes incorrect command line usage, or printing a help page.
Where are Exceptions Handled?¶
When you call
CliktCommand.main, it will parse the command line and catch any
Abort exceptions. If it catches one, it will then print
out the appropriate information and exit the process. If the caught exception is a
PrintHelpMessage, the process exit status
will be 0 and the message will be printed to stdout. Otherwise it will exit with status 1 and print
the message to stderr.
Any other types of exceptions indicate a programming error, and are not caught by
convert and the other parameter transformations will wrap exceptions thrown
inside them in a
UsageError, so if you define a custom transformation,
you don’t have to worry about an exception escaping to the user.
Handling Exceptions Manually¶
fun main(args: Array<String>) = Cli().parse(args)
Which Exceptions Exist?¶
The following subclasses exist:
PrintMessage: The exception’s message should be printed.
PrintHelpMessage: The help page for the exception’s command should be printed.
PrintCompletionMessage: Shell completion code for the command should be printed.
UsageError: The command line was incorrect in some way. All other exceptions subclass from this. These exceptions are automatically augmented with extra information about the current parameter, if possible.
ProgramResult: The program should exit with the
statusCodefrom this exception.
BadParameterValue: A parameter was given the correct number of values, but of invalid format or type.
MissingParameter: A required parameter was not provided.
NoSuchOption: An option was provided that does not exist.
NoSuchSubcommand: A subcommand was called that does not exist.
IncorrectOptionValueCount: An option was supplied but the number of values supplied to the option was incorrect.
IncorrectArgumentValueCount: An argument was supplied but the number of values supplied was incorrect.
MutuallyExclusiveGroupException: Multiple options in a mutually exclusive group were supplied when the group is restricted to a single value.
FileNotFound: A required configuration file or @-file was not found.
InvalidFileFormat: A configuration file or @-file failed to parse correctly.