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I’ve spent a chunk of this evening working on a command line app written in PHP. I explored a heap of PHP command line libraries and frameworks, but found the easiest way to handle flags and variables was to just treat them as $_GET parameters.

if (isset($argv)) { 
join("&", array_slice($argv, 1)
), $_GET);

That checks to see if any $argvs are set, ignores the first one (which is just the script’s name, e.g. app.php), and then reformats them as $_GET parameters.

To add some polish, I’ve been using CLImate which makes it easy to format all kinds of output.

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