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Kracken is a command line parsing package for easily dealing with UNIX-like command line options. While the new (Fortran 2008) GET_COMMAND routine is very welcome, it does not provide what Kracken does:

A standard style for parsing arguments and keywords. Admittedly, deciding on which keyword/argument syntax invokes holy wars (VERB,KEY1=VALUE,KEY2=VALUE,... vs verb -key1 value -key2 value ... , for example) but the Unix model seems to be popular lately.

A clear way to specify allowable keywords and default values

Simple access to the parsed data from procedures

Easy conversion from strings to numbers

Easy conversion from strings to arrays

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