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ST 4U 188: VA Smalltalk Command Line Options

February 1, 2012 12:03:36.669

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at starting VA Smalltalk up from the command line. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Command Line.

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Today we'll take a look at starting VA Smalltalk from the command line. While you would normally start up your development environment from an icon or the start menu on Windows, you might deploy to Linux, or need to set up a Windows "cron" job. The simplest way to start the environment up is to just run the VM:

Starting VA

By default, the VM will look for abt.icx in the current directory, and start that. What if you want to start a different image? Use the -i argument:

Starting VA

Note that we omitted the extension .icx; you need to do that, as the VM will append it itself. There are a lot of command line options you can use to control startup options (memory usage, logging - tons of stuff) - you'll want to examine the docs in detail for that:

Command Line Options

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Re: ST 4U 188: VA Smalltalk Command Line Options

[anonymous] February 1, 2012 12:35:59.789

Is there a non commercial or NC version of VA Smalltalk similar to Visual Works? If so, how do I request a copy?

Re: ST 4U 188: VA Smalltalk Command Line Options

[James Robertson] February 1, 2012 17:19:41.559

Yes there is. Visit instantiations.com and download it:

[link 1]

[1 http://www.instantiations.com/products/vasmalltalk/download.html]

Re: ST 4U 188: VA Smalltalk Command Line Options

[Sebastian Heidbrink] February 1, 2012 20:53:28.447

Here`s an additional nice overfiew on possible command line parameters for the VAST VM.

[link 1]

[1 https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21158425]

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