Pants commands are known as goals, such as
To satisfy a goal, Pants will use cached data whenever possible, and perform work to compute the relevant data (and cache it) when necessary. Pants will perform work concurrently as much as possible, using all the local cores, and/or any remote build executors, it has access to.
Pants is an extensible system, so the exact goals that are available depend upon which backends are enabled.
To see the current list of goals, run:
./pants help goals
For example, if you don't yet have any backends installed, you should see:
./pants help goals Goals ----- count-loc Count lines of code. dependees List all targets that depend on any of the input files/targets. dependencies List the dependencies of the input files/targets. filedeps List all source and BUILD files a target depends on. filter Filter the input targets based on various criteria. list Lists all targets matching the file or target arguments. package Create a distributable package. roots List the repo's registered source roots. validate Validate sources against regexes. Use `./pants help $goal` to get help for a specific goal.
Let's try running a goal:
$ ./pants roots 3rdparty/python src/assets src/python
Some simple goals—such as the
roots goal—do not require arguments. But most goals require some arguments to work on.
For example, to run the
count-loc goal, which counts lines of code in your repository, you need to provide a set of files and/or targets to run on:
$ ./pants count-loc '**' ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Language Files Lines Blanks Comments Code Complexity ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Python 13 155 50 22 83 5 BASH 2 261 29 22 210 10 JSON 2 25 0 0 25 0 Plain Text 2 43 1 0 42 0 TOML 2 65 14 18 33 0 ...
Quoting file patterns
Note the single-quotes around the file pattern
'**'. This is so that your shell doesn't attempt to expand the pattern, but instead passes it unaltered to Pants.
Note: Typically you can just use file arguments, and not worry about targets.
Goal arguments can be of one of two types:
- File arguments: file paths and/or globs.
- Target arguments: addresses and/or address globs of targets.
Any goal can take either type of argument:
- If a target argument is given, the goal acts on all the files in the matching targets.
- If a file argument is given, Pants will map the file back to its containing target to read any necessary metadata.
So again, for the most part, you can just use file arguments and not worry about targets!
For file arguments, use
'**', with the same semantics as the shell. Reminder: quote the argument if you want Pants to evaluate the glob, rather than your shell.
For target arguments, you can use:
::means every target in the current directory and recursively in subdirectories.
:means every target in that directory, but not subdirectories.
./pants list ::will find every target in your project.
Tip: advanced target selection, such as running over changed files
See Advanced target selection for alternative techniques to specify which files/targets to run on.
Many goals also have options to change how they behave.
To see if a goal has any options, run
./pants help $goal or
./pants help-advanced $goal. See Command Line Help for more information.
./pants help roots `roots` goal options -------------------- List the repo's registered source roots. Config section: [roots] --roots-output-file=<path> PANTS_ROOTS_OUTPUT_FILE output_file default: None current value: None Output the goal's stdout to this file. If unspecified, outputs to stdout. --roots-sep=<separator> PANTS_ROOTS_SEP sep default: \n current value: \n String to use to separate lines in line-oriented output.
You can then use the option by prefixing it with the goal name:
./pants --roots-sep=', ' roots 3rdparty/python, src/assets, src/python
As a shorthand, if you put the option after the goal, you can leave off the goal name in the flag:
./pants roots --sep=', '
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