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
--pagesize=0x4000 (two words)
--paged--pagesize=0x4000 (one word)
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
C:\My Project\errors.txt (three words)
"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
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
-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.