Tcl_AppInit is a
procedure that is invoked by
the main programs for Tcl applications such as tclsh and wish.
Its purpose is to allow new Tcl applications to be created without
modifying the main programs provided as part of Tcl and Tk.
To create a new application you write a new version of
Tcl_AppInit to replace the default version provided by Tcl,
then link your new Tcl_AppInit with the Tcl library.
Tcl_AppInit is invoked by Tcl_Main and Tk_Main
after their own initialization and before entering the main loop
to process commands.
Here are some examples of things that Tcl_AppInit might do:
Tcl_AppInit returns TCL_OK or TCL_ERROR.
If it returns TCL_ERROR then it must leave an error message in
for the interpreters result; otherwise the result is ignored.
Call initialization procedures for various packages used by
Each initialization procedure adds new commands to interp
for its package and performs other package-specific initialization.
Process command-line arguments, which can be accessed from the
Tcl variables argv and argv0 in interp.
Invoke a startup script to initialize the application.
In addition to Tcl_AppInit, your application should also contain
a procedure main that calls Tcl_Main as follows:
The third argument to Tcl_Main gives the address of the
application-specific initialization procedure to invoke.
This means that you do not have to use the name Tcl_AppInit
for the procedure, but in practice the name is nearly always
Tcl_AppInit (in versions before Tcl 7.4 the name Tcl_AppInit
was implicit; there was no way to specify the procedure explicitly).
The best way to get started is to make a copy of the file
tclAppInit.c from the Tcl library or source directory.
It already contains a main procedure and a template for
Tcl_AppInit that you can modify for your application.
Tcl_Main(argc, argv, Tcl_AppInit);