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  • See the g.parser module help page. It's an easy way to make your script look and act like a GRASS module, including creating a GUI and help page template for it automatically. See also Module command line parser
  • There are a number of other:general g.* modules which are specifically useful for scripting use.

Verbosity level

Use the "--quiet" (alias --q) and "--verbose" (alias --v) command line arguments to make the script produce more or less messages and info like percent done. This works for almost all modules. The big exception to that is r.mapcalc which doesn't use the standard parser in GRASS 6 (in GRASS 7 it does).

In GRASS 6, for r.mapcalc, or if you want to set a blanket --quiet directive for the whole script, you can set the GRASS_VERBOSE environmental variable. Python's os module has a putenv() function to do that.

These are the levels you can use:

 (from lib/gis/verbose.c)
0 - module should print nothing but errors and warnings (G_fatal_error,
     G_warning)  Triggered by "--q" or "--quiet".
1 - module will print progress information (G_percent)
2 - module will print all messages (G_message)  [default level]
3 - module will be very verbose. Triggered by "--v" or "--verbose".

"--quiet" will set the level to 0.

shell script example

# for everything that follows
# override for just one module
  r.mapcalc "only_set = for_this_process"

Another nice thing about using the environmental variable method is that it is silently ignored for earlier versions of GRASS. For earlier versions (<6.2.x) of GRASS an error happens when "--quiet" isn't recognized as a valid command line option.

see "Verbosity levels" on the Development_Specs page.

The advantage of these methods versus sending all stderr to /dev/null is that warning and error messages are not lost, making prototyping and debugging a whole lot easier.

Shell scripts

See the SUBMITTING_SCRIPTS file for some tips.

See the existing GRASS scripts in the scripts/ directory for examples of using tempfiles, etc.

Newer versions of Ubuntu use Dash as the default /bin/sh, so don't assume that sh will handle Bashisms.


See the SUBMITTING_TCLTK file for some tips.