META(1)               User Contributed Perl Documentation              META(1)

       meta - A simple front-end to Acme::MetaSyntactic

       meta [ --whitespace|ws ] [ --help ] [ --version ] [ --remote ] [
       --check ] [ --sources ] [ --category category ]  theme[/category] [
       count ]

       meta is a simple front-end to Acme::MetaSyntactic.

       A few examples should make it easy to understand what it does and how
       it works:

           $ meta
           $ meta batman
           $ meta donmartin 3
           $ meta -ws browser 4
           arachne netscape voyager w3m

       In short, the default theme is "foo", the default count is 1, the
       default separator is $/, but you can replace it by whitespace with

       The following command-line options are available:

   Metasyntactic options
       --whitespace, --ws
           Print all items on a single line, separated by space.

           Fetch the remote list (if available) and print it.

           Fetch the remote list (if available) and print only the differences
           betwen the current list and the remote list (items are prefixed by
           "+" and "-").

           Option added by Abigail.

           The output of this option is affected by the --whitespace option.

       --category category
           Only select items in the given category (for
           "Acme::MetaSyntactic::MultiList" subclasses). If not given, use the
           default category.

           Silently fallbacks to the default if the category doesn't exist.

           Another way to ask for a specific category is to skip the
           --category option and directly ask for "theme/category". Note that
           you cannot use both calling conventions simultaneously.

   Informative options
       The program will exit if any of these options is selected.  However,
       these options can be combined.

           Print the list of available themes.

           Print the URLs used by a remote list.

           Print version information.

           Print a short help message.

       meta is the script of choice for a new generation of hackers.  Here are
       a few comments from satisfied users:

       •   "Acme::MetaSyntactic" makes me more productive when I have to write
           regression tests for my Perl modules. No more do I spend time
           looking for variable names! It simply changed my life.

           -- Rafael Garcia-Suarez, pumpking, used AMS when writing tests for

       •   "Acme::MetaSyntactic" gave names for regression tests in the Perl


       •   Your module has been a wonderful timesaver for me. How much time I
           used to spend on thinking about good and meaningful variable names,
           and now I have them at the snap of a finger!

           -- Gisbert W. Selke

       •   [...] with the help of Acme::MetaSyntatic I've been able to do some
           rudimentary code generation techniques that save me a lot of time
           without much outlay.

           -- Mark Fowler


       •   When writing example applications, I almost always use variable
           names such as foo and bar. This gets boring, and it easily confuse
           the reader. Especially when I need to use more variables.

           -- Gabor Szabo


       Ever needed to debug with the help of a few "print()" statements?
       Simply map some keystrokes to insert a warning where you want it.  With
       meta, you will never need to think about what write in the string

           nmap _wa :r!meta donmartin<CR>iwarn"<Esc>A";<Esc>==

       (This mapping kindly given by Rafael Garcia-Suarez.)

       Philippe "BooK" Bruhat, "<>".

       Copyright 2005-2006 Philippe 'BooK' Bruhat, All Rights Reserved.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

perl v5.28.1                      2017-10-30                           META(1)