Tcl_GetIndexFromObj(3) Tcl Library Procedures Tcl_GetIndexFromObj(3)______________________________________________________________________________NAME
Tcl_GetIndexFromObj, Tcl_GetIndexFromObjStruct - lookup string in table
Tcl_GetIndexFromObj(interp, objPtr, tablePtr, msg, flags,
Tcl_GetIndexFromObjStruct(interp, objPtr, structTablePtr, offset, │
msg, flags, indexPtr) │
Tcl_Interp *interp (in) Interpreter to use for error
reporting; if NULL, then no message
is provided on errors.
Tcl_Obj *objPtr (in/out) The string value of this object is
used to search through tablePtr.
The internal representation is mod‐
ified to hold the index of the
matching table entry.
CONST char **tablePtr (in) An array of null-terminated
strings. The end of the array is
marked by a NULL string pointer.
CONST VOID *structTablePtr(in) An array of arbitrary type, typi‐
cally some struct type. The first
member of the structure must be a
null-terminated string. The size
of the structure is given by off‐
int offset (in) │
The offset to add to structTablePtr │
to get to the next entry. The end │
of the array is marked by a NULL │
CONST char *msg (in) Null-terminated string describing
what is being looked up, such as
option. This string is included in
int flags (in) OR-ed combination of bits providing
additional information for opera‐
tion. The only bit that is cur‐
rently defined is TCL_EXACT.
int *indexPtr (out) The index of the string in tablePtr
that matches the value of objPtr is
This procedure provides an efficient way for looking up keywords,
switch names, option names, and similar things where the value of an
object must be one of a predefined set of values. ObjPtr is compared
against each of the strings in tablePtr to find a match. A match
occurs if objPtr's string value is identical to one of the strings in
tablePtr, or if it is a non-empty unique abbreviation for exactly one
of the strings in tablePtr and the TCL_EXACT flag was not specified; in
either case the index of the matching entry is stored at *indexPtr and
TCL_OK is returned.
If there is no matching entry, TCL_ERROR is returned and an error mes‐
sage is left in interp's result if interp isn't NULL. Msg is included
in the error message to indicate what was being looked up. For exam‐
ple, if msg is option the error message will have a form like bad
option "firt": must be first, second, or third.
If Tcl_GetIndexFromObj completes successfully it modifies the internal
representation of objPtr to hold the address of the table and the index
of the matching entry. If Tcl_GetIndexFromObj is invoked again with
the same objPtr and tablePtr arguments (e.g. during a reinvocation of a
Tcl command), it returns the matching index immediately without having
to redo the lookup operation. Note: Tcl_GetIndexFromObj assumes that
the entries in tablePtr are static: they must not change between invo‐
cations. If the value of objPtr is the empty string, Tcl_GetIndexFro‐
mObj will treat it as a non-matching value and return TCL_ERROR. │
Tcl_GetIndexFromObjStruct works just like Tcl_GetIndexFromObj, except │
that instead of treating tablePtr as an array of string pointers, it │
treats it as the first in a series of string ptrs that are spaced apart │
by offset bytes. This is particularly useful when processing things │
like Tk_ConfigurationSpec, whose string keys are in the same place in │
each of several array elements.
index, object, table lookup
Tcl 8.1 Tcl_GetIndexFromObj(3)