Tcl_Main

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SYNOPSIS
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DESCRIPTION
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NAME

Tcl_Main − main program for Tcl-based applications

SYNOPSIS

#include <tcl.h>

Tcl_Main(argc, argv, appInitProc)

ARGUMENTS

int argc (in)

Number of elements in argv.

char *argv[] (in)

Array of strings containing command-line arguments.

Tcl_AppInitProc *appInitProc (in)

Address of an application-specific initialization procedure. The value for this argument is usually Tcl_AppInit.

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DESCRIPTION

Tcl_Main acts as the main program for most Tcl-based applications. Starting with Tcl 7.4 it is not called main anymore because it is part of the Tcl library and having a function main in a library (particularly a shared library) causes problems on many systems. Having main in the Tcl library would also make it hard to use Tcl in C++ programs, since C++ programs must have special C++ main functions.

Normally each application contains a small main function that does nothing but invoke Tcl_Main. Tcl_Main then does all the work of creating and running a tclsh-like application.

When it is has finished its own initialization, but before it processes commands, Tcl_Main calls the procedure given by the appInitProc argument. This procedure provides a ‘‘hook’’ for the application to perform its own initialization, such as defining application-specific commands. The procedure must have an interface that matches the type Tcl_AppInitProc:

typedef int Tcl_AppInitProc(Tcl_Interp *interp);

AppInitProc is almost always a pointer to Tcl_AppInit; for more details on this procedure, see the documentation for Tcl_AppInit.

KEYWORDS

application-specific initialization, command-line arguments, main program