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xsh - XML Editing Shell


  xsh [options] commands
  xsh [options] -al script [arguments ...]
  xsh [options] -p commands < input.xml > output.xml
  xsh [options] -I input.xml -O output.xml commands
  xsh [options] -P file.xml commands

  xsh -u          for usage
  xsh -h          for help
  xsh --man       for the manual page


XSH is an shell-like language for XPath-oriented editing, querying and manipulation of XML and HTML files (with read-only support for DocBook SGML). xsh can work as an interactive shell (with full command-line support such as history, TAB-completion, etc.) or as an off-line interpreter for batch processing of XML files.


Please see http://xsh.sourceforge.net/doc/frames/index.html or XSH for a complete XSH language reference.

For a quick help, type xsh help (just help on xsh prompt).

Type xsh help commands to get list of available XSH commands and xsh help command with command replaced by a XSH command name to get help on a particular command.


--load|-l script-file

Load and execute given XSH script (the script is executed before all other commands provided on the command-line, but after executed ~/.xshrc).


Command-line contains arguments accessible to the script via @XML::XSH::Map::ARGV rather than XSH commands.


Don't display command-prompt even if run from a terminal, expecting XSH commands in the standard input.


Compile the XSH source and report errors, only. No commands are actually executed.


Quiet mode: suppress all unnecessary informatory ouptut.


Start with indent 1 (on) and keep_blanks 0 (off) to allow nice indenting of the XML output.


Start with validation, load_ext_dtd, parser_expands_entities and parser_completes_attributes 1 (on).


Start with validation, load_ext_dtd, parser_expands_entities and parser_completes_attributes 0 (off).


Print some debug messages.


Ignore ~/.xshrc


Print XSH version info and exit.


Start interactive mode with xsh command prompt. By default, the interactive mode is only started if xsh is running from a terminal and neither XSH commands nor a script are given on the command-line.


Force non-interactive mode.


This is a special mode in which xsh acts as a pipe-line processing tool. In this mode, first the standard input is read and opened as a document _ (underscore), then all XSH commands given in ~/.xshrc, command-line and given XSH scripts are applied and finally the (possibly modified) document _ is dumped back on the standard output. It is equivallent to -I - -O - and -P -.

--input|-I filename

Preload given file as a document with ID _ upon startup.

--output|-O filename

Try to saves document with ID _ into given file before XSH ends.

--process|-P filename

A convenient shortcut for -I filename -O filename.


Make XSH expect HTML documents by default in all open/save operations.


This option is included only for completeness sake. Make XSH expect XSH documents by default in all open/save operations (this is the default).


This option allows tracing the way XSH language parser processes your script.

--query-encoding|-E encoding

Set the encoding that used in the XSH scripts (or keyboard input).

--encoding|-e encoding

Set the encoding that should be used for XSH output.


Print a brief help message on usage and exits.


Prints the help page and exits.


Displays the help as manual page.


Petr Pajas <pajas@matfyz.cz>

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