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2.1 Stilts flags

Some flags are common to all the tasks in the STILTS package, and these are specified after the stilts invocation itself and before the task name. They generally have the same effect regardless of which task is running. These generic flags are as follows:

-help
Prints a usage message for the stilts command itself and exits. The message contains a listing of all the known tasks.
-version
Prints the STILTS version number and exits.
-verbose
Causes more verbose information to be written during operation. Specifically, what this does is to boost the logging level by one notch. It may be specified multiple times to increase verbosity further.
-allowunused
Causes unused parameter settings on the command line to be tolerated. Normally, any unused parameters on the command line cause a usage message to be output and the command to fail, on the assumption that if you've supplied a parameter setting that's not doing anything it is probably a mistake and you should be given a chance to correct it. But if this flag is set, you just get a warning through the logging system about any unused parameters, and the command is executed as if they weren't there.
-prompt
Most of the STILTS commands have a number of parameters which will assume sensible defaults if you do not give them explicit values on the command line. If you use the -prompt flag, then you will be prompted for every parameter you have not explicitly specified to give you an opportunity to enter a value other than the default.
-bench
Outputs the elapsed time taken by the task to standard error on successful completion.
-debug
Sets up output suitable for debugging. The most visible consequence of this is that if an error occurs then a full stacktrace is output, rather than just a user-friendly report.
-batch
Some parameters will prompt you for their values, even if they offer legal defaults. If you use the -batch flag, then you won't be prompted at all.
-memory
Encourages the command to use java heap memory for caching large amounts of data rather than using temporary disk files. The default is to use memory for small tables, and disk for large ones. This flag is in most cases equivalent to specifying the system property -Dstartable.storage=memory.
-disk
Encourages the command to use temporary files on disk for caching table data. The default is to use memory for small tables, and disk for large ones. Using this flag may help if you are running out of memory. This flag is in most cases equivalent to specifying the system property -Dstartable.storage=disk.
-memgui
Displays a graphical window while the command is running which summarises used and available heap memory. May be useful for profiling or understanding resource constraints.
-checkversion <vers>
Requires that the version is exactly as given by the string <vers>. If it is not, STILTS will exit with an error. This can be useful when executing in certain controlled environments to ensure that the correct version of the application is being picked up.
-stdout <file>
Sends all normal output from the run to the given file. By default this goes to the standard output stream. Supplying an empty string or "-" for <file> will restore this default behaviour.
-stderr <file>
Sends all error output from the run to the given file. By default this goes to the standard error stream. Supplying an empty string or "-" for <file> will restore this default behaviour.

If you are submitting an error report, please include the result of running stilts -version and the output of the troublesome command with the -debug flag specified.


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STILTS - Starlink Tables Infrastructure Library Tool Set
Starlink User Note256
STILTS web page: http://www.starlink.ac.uk/stilts/
Author email: m.b.taylor@bristol.ac.uk
Mailing list: topcat-user@jiscmail.ac.uk