Via file syntax rules
Via files must conform to some syntax rules.
A via file is a text file containing a sequence of words. Each word in the text file is converted into an argument string and passed to the tool.
Words are separated by whitespace, or the end of a line, except in delimited strings, for example:
--paged --pagesize=0x4000(two words)
The end of a line is treated as whitespace, for example:
This is equivalent to:
Strings enclosed in quotation marks (
"), or apostrophes (
') are treated as a single word. Within a quoted word, an apostrophe is treated as an ordinary character. Within an apostrophe delimited word, a quotation mark is treated as an ordinary character.
Use quotation marks to delimit filenames or path names that contain spaces, for example:
--errors C:\My Project\errors.txt(three words)
--errors "C:\My Project\errors.txt"(two words)
Use apostrophes to delimit words that contain quotes, for example:
-DNAME='"Arm Compiler"'(one word)
Characters enclosed in parentheses are treated as a single word, for example:
--option(x, y, z)(one word)
--option (x, y, z)(two words)
Within quoted or apostrophe delimited strings, you can use a backslash (\) character to escape the quote, apostrophe, and backslash characters.
A word that occurs immediately next to a delimited word is treated as a single word, for example:
This is treated as the single word:
Lines beginning with a semicolon (
;) or a hash (
#) character as the first nonwhitespace character are comment lines. A semicolon or hash character that appears anywhere else in a line is not treated as the start of a comment, for example:
-o objectname.axf ;this is not a comment
A comment ends at the end of a line, or at the end of the file. There are no multi-line comments, and there are no part-line comments.