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Tcl_SetAssocData(3)  Tcl Library Procedures                   7.5



Tcl_GetAssocData, Tcl_SetAssocData, Tcl_DeleteAssocData - manage associations of string keys and user specified data with Tcl interpreters.


#include <tcl.h> ClientData Tcl_GetAssocData(interp, key, delProcPtr) Tcl_SetAssocData(interp, key, delProc, clientData) Tcl_DeleteAssocData(interp, key)


Tcl_Interp *interp (in) Interpreter in which to execute the specified command. char *key (in) Key for asso- ciation with which to store data or from which to delete or retrieve data. Typi- cally the module prefix for a pack- age. Tcl_InterpDeleteProc *delProc (in) Procedure to call when interp is deleted. Tcl_InterpDeleteProc **delProcPtr (in) Pointer to location in which to store address of current deletion pro- cedure for association. Ignored if NULL. Tcl 1 Tcl_SetAssocData(3) Tcl Library Procedures 7.5 ClientData clientData (in) Arbitrary one-word value associ- ated with the given key in this inter- preter. This data is owned by the caller. _________________________________________________________________


These procedures allow extensions to associate their own data with a Tcl interpreter. An association consists of a string key, typically the name of the extension, and a one- word value, which is typically a pointer to a data structure holding data specific to the extension. Tcl makes no interpretation of either the key or the value for an associ- ation. Storage management is facilitated by storing with each asso- ciation a procedure to call when the interpreter is deleted. This procedure can dispose of the storage occupied by the client's data in any way it sees fit. Tcl_SetAssocData creates an association between a string key and a user specified datum in the given interpreter. If there is already an association with the given key, Tcl_SetAssocData overwrites it with the new information. It is up to callers to organize their use of names to avoid conflicts, for example, by using package names as the keys. If the deleteProc argument is non-NULL it specifies the address of a procedure to invoke if the interpreter is deleted before the association is deleted. DeleteProc should have arguments and result that match the type Tcl_InterpDeleteProc: typedef void Tcl_InterpDeleteProc( ClientData clientData, Tcl_Interp *interp); When deleteProc is invoked the clientData and interp argu- ments will be the same as the corresponding arguments passed to Tcl_SetAssocData. The deletion procedure will not be invoked if the association is deleted before the interpreter is deleted. Tcl_GetAssocData returns the datum stored in the association with the specified key in the given interpreter, and if the delProcPtr field is non-NULL, the address indicated by it gets the address of the delete procedure stored with this association. If no association with the specified key exists Tcl 2 Tcl_SetAssocData(3) Tcl Library Procedures 7.5 in the given interpreter Tcl_GetAssocData returns NULL. Tcl_DeleteAssocData deletes an association with a specified key in the given interpreter. It does not call the deletion procedure.


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