The Header Script

In my daily working routine I do create a lot of shell scripts, LaTeX source and whatever. I always try to keep things simple and consistent. This not always being easy, so I wrote a Perl program that generates a standard template for a lot of standard code. This could be e.g. Bash shell, Perl, RPM spec file, LaTeX source, C source, etc.

The only thing this program needs is Perl and a file in your home directory called This file should contain a tag and the value on a single line. An example:

name Ton Kersten
firm Ton Kersten
adr1 Address line 1
adr2 Address line 2
adr3 Address line 3
zipc Your zip or postal code
cntr The Netherlands
tele Tel: Telephone number
tfax Fax: Faximile number
mail Email adress
cpri Copyright string

Header output

The output of the header --help command

header 4.9 by Ton Kersten
Syntax: header [options]

	--nameinfo=filename	Use an alternative file <~/>
	--language=language	Programming language <bash>
	--file=filename		Output filename
	--copyright=cpy		Copyright message (<short>|yes|gnu|none)
	--short			Use a short header
	--stdout		Print the output to stdout
	--headlang=nl|en	Which header language to use <en>
	--tabstop=n|--ts=n	What tabstop size to use <4>
	--width=n		What headerwidth to use <80>
	--vcs=cvs|svn|none	What version control system to use <svn>
	--help			Print this help

Options can be abbriviated, as long as they can be uniquely identified

Supported program languages:
	atroff bash c config html init js ksh latex nagios pascal
	perl php rexx spec tic vim

The header script

…can be downloaded from the download section.


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