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Passing arrays to procs in Tcl

If you're writing a Tcl proc, you'll normally pass in parameters by value, specifying a $ in front of the variable whos contents you want to pass in in the calling sequence:
dojob $passin

If, however, passin is a Tcl array, tis won't work since $passin cannot be expanded to string. So you'll need to make the call using:
dojob passin
and then use upvar within the proc to access the data.

INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS of an array CAN be passed in to a Tcl Proc by value as they're simple strings:
dojob $passin(demo)
or dojob $passin($elname)

References: our Procedures and Variable Scope and Tcl Array modules

(written 2004-11-18, updated 2006-06-05)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
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  [2520] Global and Enable - two misused words! - (2009-11-30)
  [2476] Tcl - uplevel to run code at calling level - (2009-10-24)
  [2466] Tcl - passing arrays and strings in and back out of procs - (2009-10-22)
  [1782] Calling procs in Tcl and how it compares to Perl - (2008-09-02)
  [1404] Tcl - global, upvar and uplevel. - (2007-10-24)
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  [308] Call by name v call by value - (2005-05-11)
  [96] Variable Scope - (2004-10-22)

T208 - Tcl/Tk - Arrays and dicts
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  [3614] Tcl - dicts - a tutorial and examples - (2012-02-14)
  [3582] Tcl collections - lists, dicts and array - (2012-01-16)
  [3415] User defined sorting and other uses of callbacks in Tcl and Tk - (2011-09-02)
  [1614] When an array is not an array - (2008-04-17)
  [1427] Arrays in Tcl - a demonstration - (2007-11-10)
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  [1282] Stringing together Tcl scripts - (2007-07-29)
  [779] The fragility of pancakes - and better structures - (2006-06-26)


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