Common Command Line Options

The Pyrseas utilities support the following command line options:

cmdoption: -c <config-file> --config <config-file>
Specifies an additional `configuration file` to be read and merged
with configuration information from other sources.  See
:doc:`config` for more details.
cmdoption: -H <host> --host <host>
Specifies the `host name` of the machine on which the Postgres
server is running.  The default host name is determined by
Postgres (normally, a Unix-domain socket or ``localhost``).
cmdoption: -h, --help
Show help about the program's command line arguments, and exit.
cmdoption: -o <file> --output <file>
Send output to the specified `file`.  If this is omitted, the
standard output is used.
cmdoption: -p <port> --port <port>
Specifies the `port` on which the Postgres server is listening
for connections.  The default port number is determined by
Postgres (normally, 5432).
cmdoption: -r <path> --repository <path>
Specifies the `path` to a directory where metadata and static data
files will be written to or read from, or where an additional
configuration file can be found.  Normally, this will be the root
of a version control repository.  If this is not specified on the
command line or in a configuration file, it defaults to the
current working directory.
cmdoption: -U <username> --user <username>
Postgres `user name` to connect as.  The default user name is
determined by Postgres (normally, the name of the operating system
user running the program).
cmdoption: --version
Print the program name and version identifier and exit.
cmdoption: -W, --password
Force the program to prompt for a password before connecting to a
database.  If this option is not specified and password
authentication is required, the program will resort to libpq
defaults, i.e., `password file
or `PGPASSWORD environment variable

Short options (those only one character long) can be concatenated with their value arguments, e.g.:

dbtoyaml -p5433 dbname

Several short options can be joined together, using only a single - prefix, as long as only the last option (or none of them) requires a value.

Long options (those with names longer than a single-character) can be separated from their arguments by a '=' or passed as two separate arguments. For example:

dbtoyaml --port=5433 dbname


dbtoyaml --port 5433 dbname

Long options can be abbreviated as long as the abbreviation is unambiguous:

dbtoyaml --pass dbname