tclsh

NAME
       tclsh - Simple shell containing Tcl interpreter

SYNOPSIS
       tclsh ?-encoding name? ?fileName arg arg ...?
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DESCRIPTION
       Tclsh  is  a  shell-like  application  that reads Tcl commands from its
       standard input or from a file and evaluates them.  If invoked  with  no
       arguments  then  it runs interactively, reading Tcl commands from stan-
       dard input and printing command results and error messages to  standard
       output.   It runs until the exit command is invoked or until it reaches
       end-of-file on its standard input.  If there exists a file .tclshrc (or
       tclshrc.tcl  on  the  Windows  platforms)  in the home directory of the
       user, interactive tclsh evaluates the file as a Tcl script just  before
       reading the first command from standard input.


SCRIPT FILES
       If tclsh is invoked with arguments then the first few arguments specify |
       the name of a script file, and, optionally, the encoding  of  the  text |
       data  stored  in  that  script file.  Any additional arguments are made
       available to the script as variables (see below).  Instead  of  reading
       commands  from  standard  input  tclsh  will read Tcl commands from the
       named file;  tclsh will exit when it reaches the end of the file.   The
       end of the file may be marked either by the physical end of the medium,
       or by the character, "\032" ("\u001a", control-Z).  If  this  character
       is  present in the file, the tclsh application will read text up to but
       not including the character.  An application that requires this charac-
       ter in the file may safely encode it as "\032", "\x1a", or "\u001a"; or
       may generate it by use of commands such as format or binary.  There  is
       no  automatic  evaluation of .tclshrc when the name of a script file is
       presented on the tclsh command line, but the  script  file  can  always
       source it if desired.

       If you create a Tcl script in a file whose first line is
              #!/usr/local/bin/tclsh
       then  you  can  invoke  the script file directly from your shell if you
       mark the  file  as  executable.   This  assumes  that  tclsh  has  been
       installed  in  the  default  location  in  /usr/local/bin;   if  it  is
       installed somewhere else then you will have to modify the above line to
       match.   Many  UNIX systems do not allow the #! line to exceed about 30
       characters in length, so be sure  that  the  tclsh  executable  can  be
       accessed with a short file name.

       An  even better approach is to start your script files with the follow-
       ing three lines:
              #!/bin/sh
              # the next line restarts using tclsh \
              exec tclsh "$0" "$@"
       This approach has three advantages over the approach  in  the  previous
       paragraph.  First, the location of the tclsh binary does not have to be
       to be treated as part of the comment on the second line.

       You should note that it is also common practice to install  tclsh  with
       its  version  number  as  part  of the name.  This has the advantage of
       allowing multiple versions of Tcl to exist on the same system at  once,
       but  also  the  disadvantage  of making it harder to write scripts that
       start up uniformly across different versions of Tcl.


VARIABLES
       Tclsh sets the following Tcl variables:

       argc           Contains a count of the number of arg  arguments  (0  if
                      none), not including the name of the script file.

       argv           Contains  a  Tcl  list  whose elements are the arg argu-
                      ments, in order, or an empty string if there are no  arg
                      arguments.

       argv0          Contains  fileName if it was specified.  Otherwise, con-
                      tains the name by which tclsh was invoked.

       tcl_interactive
                      Contains 1 if tclsh is running interactively  (no  file-
                      Name was specified and standard input is a terminal-like
                      device), 0 otherwise.


PROMPTS
       When tclsh is invoked interactively it normally prompts for  each  com-
       mand  with  "%  ".   You can change the prompt by setting the variables
       tcl_prompt1 and tcl_prompt2.  If variable tcl_prompt1  exists  then  it
       must consist of a Tcl script to output a prompt;  instead of outputting
       a prompt tclsh will evaluate the script in tcl_prompt1.   The  variable
       tcl_prompt2  is  used  in a similar way when a newline is typed but the
       current command is not yet complete; if tcl_prompt2 is not set then  no
       prompt is output for incomplete commands.


STANDARD CHANNELS
       See Tcl_StandardChannels for more explanations.


SEE ALSO
       encoding(3tcl), fconfigure(3tcl), tclvars(3tcl)


KEYWORDS
       argument, interpreter, prompt, script file, shell



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