A.1.1. Via file evaluation

When a tool that supports via files is invoked it:

  1. Scans for arguments that cause all other arguments to be ignored, such as -help and -vsn.

    If such an argument is found, via files are not processed.

  2. Replaces the first specified -via via file argument with the sequence of argument words extracted from the via file, including recursively processing any nested -via commands in the via file.

  3. Processes any subsequent -via via file arguments in the same way, in the order they are presented.

That is, via files are processed in the order you specify them, and each via file is processed completely, including processing nested via files, before processing the next via file.

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