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5.3.1 gnatxref Switches

The command invocation for gnatxref is:

$ gnatxref [`switches`] `sourcefile1` [`sourcefile2` ...]


`sourcefile1' [, `sourcefile2' ...]

identify the source files for which a report is to be generated. The ’with’ed units will be processed too. You must provide at least one file.

These file names are considered to be regular expressions, so for instance specifying source*.adb is the same as giving every file in the current directory whose name starts with source and whose extension is adb.

You shouldn’t specify any directory name, just base names. `gnatxref' and `gnatfind' will be able to locate these files by themselves using the source path. If you specify directories, no result is produced.

The following switches are available for `gnatxref':


Display Copyright and version, then exit disregarding all other options.


If `–version' was not used, display usage, then exit disregarding all other options.


If this switch is present, gnatfind and gnatxref will parse the read-only files found in the library search path. Otherwise, these files will be ignored. This option can be used to protect Gnat sources or your own libraries from being parsed, thus making gnatfind and gnatxref much faster, and their output much smaller. Read-only here refers to access or permissions status in the file system for the current user.


When looking for source files also look in directory DIR. The order in which source file search is undertaken is the same as for `gnatmake'.


When searching for library and object files, look in directory DIR. The order in which library files are searched is the same as for `gnatmake'.


Do not look for sources in the system default directory.


Do not look for library files in the system default directory.


Specify an alternate ali file extension. The default is ali and other extensions (e.g. gli for C/C++ sources when using `-fdump-xref') may be specified via this switch. Note that if this switch overrides the default, which means that only the new extension will be considered.


Specifies the default location of the runtime library. Same meaning as the equivalent `gnatmake' flag (Switches for gnatmake).


If this switch is set gnatxref will output the parent type reference for each matching derived types.


If this switch is set, the output file names will be preceded by their directory (if the file was found in the search path). If this switch is not set, the directory will not be printed.


If this switch is set, information is output only for library-level entities, ignoring local entities. The use of this switch may accelerate gnatfind and gnatxref.


Equivalent to -aODIR -aIDIR.


Specify a project file to use.

By default, gnatxref and gnatfind will try to locate a project file in the current directory.

If a project file is either specified or found by the tools, then the content of the source directory and object directory lines are added as if they had been specified respectively by -aI and -aO.


Output only unused symbols. This may be really useful if you give your main compilation unit on the command line, as gnatxref will then display every unused entity and ’with’ed package.


Instead of producing the default output, gnatxref will generate a tags file that can be used by vi. For examples how to use this feature, see Examples of gnatxref Usage. The tags file is output to the standard output, thus you will have to redirect it to a file.

All these switches may be in any order on the command line, and may even appear after the file names. They need not be separated by spaces, thus you can say gnatxref -ag instead of gnatxref -a -g.

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