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dtbuilder - the CDE Application Builder
The dtbuilder utility accepts an optional filename operand that is
interpreted as the name of an application project file that should be
loaded for editing. This file should be in the BIL format defined for use
by the Application Builder.
If no project file is specified, then dtbuilder comes up "empty", ready for
a new application to be developed interactively by the user.
The dtbuilder utility is an interactive application development tool and
user interface management system for CDE. Known more fully as the CDE
Application Builder, dtbuilder is designed to make it easier for developers
to construct applications that integrate well into the CDE. It provides two
basic services - aid in assembling Motif objects into the desired
application user interface and generation of appropriate calls to the
routines that support CDE desktop services (e.g. ToolTalk, sessioning,
Used only for diagnostic messages.
The dtbuilder utility takes the standard action for all signals.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
Because the dtbuilder is a complex, highly-interactive tool, users
typically consider the command line interface as little more than the way
to start up the Application Builder.
CDE provides an "AppBuilder" action, so that the Application Builder can be
invoked through the standard action interface, including through the
The following exit values are returned:
0 Normal termination.
1 Abnormal termination. The dtbuilder utility was unable to allocate
necessary memory or spawn the code generator.
This runs the CDE Application Builder, presuming that the user will
either be creating a new project or will load one interactively through
the Application Builder's "File" menu.
Starts the CDE Application Builder and instructs it to load the project
defined in the file myproject.bip.
A project file to be processed by the dtbuilder utility must be in the BIL
format defined for the CDE Application Builder.
Interactively, the Application Builder provides facilities for loading
additional project files, as well as application module files (which also
must be in the BIL format) and interface files that use Motif's UIL format.
None by default.
Interactively, the Application Builder provides facilities for writing
("saving") application project and module files, both of which must be in
the BIL format and also for writing ("exporting") interface files that use
Motif's UIL format.
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