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       sip - The SIP command line

       sip [option] [specification]

       SIP  is	a tool for automatically generating Python bindings for C and C++ libraries.  SIP
       was originally developed in 1998 for PyQt - the Python bindings for the Qt GUI  toolkit	-
       but is suitable for generating bindings for any C or C++ library.

       specification  is the name of the specification file for the module. If it is omitted then
       stdin is used.  The full set of command line options is:

       -h     Display a help message.

       -V     Display the SIP version number.

       -a <FILE>
	      The name of the QScintilla API file to generate. This file contains  a  description
	      of  the module API in a form that the QScintilla editor component can use for auto-
	      completion and call tips.  (The file may also be used by the SciTE editor but  must
	      be sorted first.)  By default the file is not generated.

       -b <FILE>
	      The  name  of  the build file to generate. This file contains the information about
	      the module needed by the SIP build system to generate a platform and compiler  spe-
	      cific Makefile for the module. By default the file is not generated.

       -c <DIR>
	      The  name  of the directory (which must exist) into which all of the generated C or
	      C++ code is placed. By default no code is generated.

       -d <FILE>
	      Deprecated since version 4.12: Use the -X option instead. The name of the  documen-
	      tation  file  to	generate.  Documentation is included in specification files using
	      the %Doc and %ExportedDoc directives.  By default the file is not generated.

       -e     Support for C++ exceptions is enabled. This causes all calls  to	C++  code  to  be
	      enclosed	in  try/catch  blocks and C++ exceptions to be converted to Python excep-
	      tions. By default exception support is disabled.

       -g     The Python GIL is released before making any  calls  to  the  C/C++  library  being
	      wrapped  and  reacquired afterwards. See The Python Global Interpreter Lock and the
	      ReleaseGIL and HoldGIL annotations.

       -I <DIR>
	      The directory is added to the list of directories searched when looking for a spec-
	      ification file given in an %Include or %Import directive. Directory separators must
	      always be /. This option may be given any number of times.

       -j <NUMBER>
	      The generated code is split into the given number of files. This makes it easier to
	      use  the parallel build facility of most modern implementations of make. By default
	      1 file is generated for each C structure or C++ class.

       -k     New in  version  4.10.   Deprecated  since  version  4.12:  Use  the  keyword_argu-
	      ments="All" %Module directive argument instead.  All functions and methods will, by
	      default, support passing parameters using the Python keyword argument syntax.

       -o     New in version 4.10.  Docstrings will be automatically generated that describe  the
	      signature of all functions, methods and constructors.

       -p <MODULE>
	      The  name  of  the %ConsolidatedModule which will contain the wrapper code for this
	      component module.

       -P     New in version 4.10.  By default SIP generates code to provide access to	protected
	      C++  functions from Python. On some platforms (notably Linux, but not Windows) this
	      code can be avoided if the protected keyword is redefined as public during compila-
	      tion.  This can result in a significant reduction in the size of a generated Python
	      module. This option disables the generation of the extra code.

       -r     Debugging statements that trace the execution of	the  bindings  are  automatically
	      generated. By default the statements are not generated.

       -s <SUFFIX>
	      The  suffix to use for generated C or C++ source files. By default .c is used for C
	      and .cpp for C++.

       -t <TAG>
	      The SIP version tag (declared using a %Timeline directive) or the SIP platform  tag
	      (declared  using the %Platforms directive) to generate code for. This option may be
	      given any number of times so long as the tags do not conflict.

       -T     By default the generated C and C++ source and  header  files  include  a	timestamp
	      specifying when they were generated. This option disables the timestamp so that the
	      contents of the generated files remain constant for a particular version of SIP.

       -w     The display of warning messages is enabled. By default warning  messages	are  dis-

       -x <FEATURE>
	      The feature (declared using the %Feature directive) is disabled.

       -X <ID:FILE>
	      New  in  version	4.12.  The extract (defined with the %Extract directive) with the
	      identifier ID is written to the file FILE.

       -z <FILE>
	      The name of a file containing more command line options.

       Phil Thompson <phil@riverbankcomputing.com>

       Than Ngo <than@redhat.com>, create this manpage

sip					   20 Jan 2014					 man(sip)
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