yukimoda yukimoda - 1 year ago 87
Ruby Question

Use a command line option to call a method

So I guess this is kind of related to my last question, but I was wondering if there was a way to call a method by using a command line option. Say you had a method like this:

def b
puts "Hello brian"

is there a way to write something like this:

ruby mine.rb -b

and get this

Hello brian

I already tried looking for this online and discovered OptionParser but I have yet to discover anything involving the OptionParser calling a method previously created.

Answer Source

There are a lot of ways to do this, depending on the use case. The below code is taken from the Ruby docs with the extra method added.

Realistically you'd probably want a class that handles the different options and encapsulates the method instead of having them at the file scope.

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'optparse'

options = {}
OptionParser.new do |opts|
  opts.banner = "Usage: example.rb [options]"

  opts.on("-b", "Run method 'b'") do |v|
    options[:b] = true

def b
  puts "Hello Brian"

if options[:b]

I've also added a shebang at the top that will automatically call ruby. As long as your script file is executable you can call it directly (ie. ./mine.rb -b).