aereport -RePorT — report generator


aereport [option...] report-name

aereport [option...] -File filename

aereport -RePorT -List

aereport -Help

aereport -VERSion


The aereport command is used to generate reports from aereport' database. Reports are specified in a C-like language described in the aer(5) manual entry.

For a list of the reports available on your system, use the 'aer -list' command. These reports live in the /opt/aegis/share/report directory, and it initially contains the reports distributed with aereport, however sites are free to add their own here.


Getting started writing report scripts can be difficult. You are best to have a look at the reports distributes with Aegis, and try to adapt them. The report script files are kept in the /opt/aegis/share/report directory.

For information about the data structures which may be accessed from a report script, you need to see the relevant manual entries:

the projects list

See aegstate(1) for the member fields.

a specific project

See aepstate(1) for the member fields.

a specific change

See aecstate(1) for the member fields.

a specific file

See aefstate(1) for the member fields.

Each of the above man pages also contains a section towards the end which specifically addresses report generator use, usually with code fragments.


The following options are understood:

-Change number

This option may be used to specify a particular change within a project. See aegis(1) for a complete description of this option.

-File filename

Take the report script from the specified file, rather than looking for the named report in the library of reports distributed with Aegis. The filename `-' is understood to mean the standard input.


This option may be used to obtain more information about how to use the aegis program.


This option may be used to obtain a list of suitable subjects for this command. The list may be more general than expected.

-Output filename

This option may be used to specify the output file. The output is sent to the standard output by default.

-Project name

This option may be used to select the project of interest. When no -Project option is specified, the AEGIS_PROJECT environment variable is consulted. If that does not exist, the user's $HOME/.aegisrc file is examined for a default project field (see aeuconf(5) for more information). If that does not exist, when the user is only working on changes within a single project, the project name defaults to that project. Otherwise, it is an error.


This option may be used to cause listings to produce the bare minimum of information. It is usually useful for shell scripts.


This option may be used with most listings to specify that the column formatting is not to be performed. This is useful for shell scripts.


This option requests that page headings be present in listings and reports. This is the default.


This option requests that page headings be omitted from listings and reports.


This option may be used to cause aegis to produce more output. By default aegis only produces output on errors. When used with the -List option this option causes column headings to be added.

See also aegis(1) for options common to all aegis commands.

All options may be abbreviated; the abbreviation is documented as the upper case letters, all lower case letters and underscores (_) are optional. You must use consecutive sequences of optional letters.

All options are case insensitive, you may type them in upper case or lower case or a combination of both, case is not important.

For example: the arguments "-project, "-PROJ" and "-p" are all interpreted to mean the -Project option. The argument "-prj" will not be understood, because consecutive optional characters were not supplied.

Options and other command line arguments may be mixed arbitrarily on the command line, after the function selectors.

The GNU long option names are understood. Since all option names for aegis are long, this means ignoring the extra leading '-'. The "--option=value" convention is also understood.


The recommended alias for this command is

csh%    alias aer 'aereport \!* -v'
sh$     aer(){aereport "$@" -v}



list (possibly) interesting things


report script language definition


The aereport command will exit with a status of 1 on any error. The aereport command will only exit with a status of 0 if there are no errors.


See aegis(1) for a list of environment variables which may affect this command. See aepconf(5) for the project configuration file's project_specific field for how to set environment variables for all commands executed by Aegis.


aereport version 4.22 Copyright (C) 1991-2006 Peter Miller; All rights reserved.

The aereport program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use the 'aereport -VERSion License' command. This is free software and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; for details use the 'aereport -VERSion License' command.