Command Line Publishing Interface and Automated Builds

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Command Line Publishing Interface and Automated Builds

Help+Manual has a full command line publishing interface that supports conditional include options, batch and INI files, skins and variable definitions. This make it possible to fully automate your publication process. The command line interface runs as a console-only process that does not open the main Help+Manual program. It returns standard exit codes that can be captured and processed by your batch files.

Generally, you will only need to use the command line interface for particularly complex publishing tasks and for integration into your regular software build process. If you just want to generate multiple versions and output formats in a single process it is easier to use the Publishing Task Manager. You can also use the Publishing Task Manager to auto-generate batch files that you can use in your own automated build processes. Publishing tasks created with the Task Manager can also be called via the command line interface as well, using the /TSK= switch.


tipbulbCommand line interface

Command line syntax

Exit codes

Using include options

Output to multiple formats

Skins & redefining variables

INI and batch files

Publishing from your application