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 1<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"><title>Running Scripts from the Command Line</title><meta name="generator" content="DocBook XSL Stylesheets V1.73.2"><link rel="start" href="index.html" title="jEdit 4.3 User's Guide"><link rel="up" href="macro-tips.html" title="Chapter 15. Macro Tips and Techniques"><link rel="prev" href="startup-scripts.html" title="Startup Scripts"><link rel="next" href="macro-tips-BeanShell.html" title="Advanced BeanShell Techniques"></head><body bgcolor="white" text="black" link="#0000FF" vlink="#840084" alink="#0000FF"><div class="navheader"><table width="100%" summary="Navigation header"><tr><th colspan="3" align="center">Running Scripts from the Command Line</th></tr><tr><td width="20%" align="left"><a accesskey="p" href="startup-scripts.html">Prev</a> </td><th width="60%" align="center">Chapter 15. Macro Tips and Techniques</th><td width="20%" align="right"> <a accesskey="n" href="macro-tips-BeanShell.html">Next</a></td></tr></table><hr></div><div class="sect1" lang="en"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" style="clear: both"><a name="scripts-command-line"></a>Running Scripts from the Command Line</h2></div></div></div><p>The <strong class="userinput"><code>-run</code></strong> command line switch specifies a
 2        BeanShell script to run on startup:</p><pre class="screen"><code class="prompt">$ </code><strong class="userinput"><code>jedit -run=test.bsh</code></strong></pre><p>Note that just like with startup scripts, the
 3        <code class="varname">view</code>, <code class="varname">textArea</code>,
 4        <code class="varname">editPane</code> and <code class="varname">buffer</code> variables are
 5        not defined.</p><p>If another instance is already running, the script will be run in
 6        that instance, and you will be able to use the
 7        <code class="function">jEdit.getLastView()</code> method to obtain a view.
 8        However, if a new instance of jEdit is being started, the script will be
 9        run at the same time as all other startup scripts; that is, before the
10        first view is opened.</p><p>If your script needs a view instance to operate on, you can use
11        the following code pattern to obtain one, no matter how or when the
12        script is being run:</p><pre class="programlisting">void doSomethingUseful()
14    void run()
15    {
16        view = jEdit.getLastView();
18        // put actual script body here
19    }
21    if(jEdit.getLastView() == null)
22        VFSManager.runInAWTThread(this);
23    else
24        run();
27doSomethingUseful();</pre><p>If the script is being run in a loaded instance, it can be invoked
28        to perform its work immediately. However, if the script is running at
29        startup, before an initial view exists, its operation must be delayed to
30        allow the view object first to be created and displayed. In order to
31        queue the macro's operation, the scripted &#8220;<span class="quote">closure</span>&#8221; named
32        <code class="function">doSomethingUseful()</code> implements the
33        <code class="classname">Runnable</code> interface of the Java platform. That
34        interface contains only a single <code class="function">run()</code> method that
35        takes no parameters and has no return value. The macro's implementation
36        of the <code class="function">run()</code> method contains the
37        &#8220;<span class="quote">working</span>&#8221; portion of the macro. Then the scripted object,
38        represented by a reference to <code class="varname">this</code>, is passed to the
39        <code class="function">runInAWTThread()</code> method. This schedules the macro's
40        operations for execution after the startup routine is complete.</p><p>As this example illustrates, the
41        <code class="function">runInAWTThread()</code> method can be used to ensure that
42        a macro will perform operations after other operations have completed.
43        If it is invoked during startup, it schedules the specified
44        <code class="classname">Runnable</code> object to run after startup is complete.
45        If invoked when jEdit is fully loaded, the
46        <code class="classname">Runnable</code> object will execute after all pending
47        input/output is complete, or immediately if there are no pending I/O
48        operations. This will delay operations on a new buffer, for example,
49        until after the buffer is loaded and displayed.</p></div><div class="navfooter"><hr><table width="100%" summary="Navigation footer"><tr><td width="40%" align="left"><a accesskey="p" href="startup-scripts.html">Prev</a> </td><td width="20%" align="center"><a accesskey="u" href="macro-tips.html">Up</a></td><td width="40%" align="right"> <a accesskey="n" href="macro-tips-BeanShell.html">Next</a></td></tr><tr><td width="40%" align="left" valign="top">Startup Scripts </td><td width="20%" align="center"><a accesskey="h" href="index.html">Home</a></td><td width="40%" align="right" valign="top"> Advanced BeanShell Techniques</td></tr></table></div></body></html>