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       Tcl_CreateFileHandler, Tcl_DeleteFileHandler - associate procedure callbacks with files or
       devices (Unix only)


       #include <tcl.h>

       Tcl_CreateFileHandler(fd, mask, proc, clientData)



       int fd (in)                           Unix file descriptor for an open file or device.

       int mask (in)                         Conditions under which proc should be called:  OR-ed
                                             combination   of   TCL_READABLE,  TCL_WRITABLE,  and
                                             TCL_EXCEPTION.  May  be  set  to  0  to  temporarily
                                             disable a handler.

       Tcl_FileProc *proc (in)               Procedure  to  invoke  whenever  the  file or device
                                             indicated by file meets the conditions specified  by

       ClientData clientData (in)            Arbitrary one-word value to pass to proc.


       Tcl_CreateFileHandler  arranges  for proc to be invoked in the future whenever I/O becomes
       possible on a file or an exceptional condition exists for the file.  The file is indicated
       by  fd,  and  the  conditions  of interest are indicated by mask.  For example, if mask is
       TCL_READABLE, proc will be called when the file is readable.  The callback to proc is made
       by  Tcl_DoOneEvent,  so  Tcl_CreateFileHandler  is  only  useful in programs that dispatch
       events through Tcl_DoOneEvent or through Tcl commands such as vwait.

       Proc should have arguments and result that match the type Tcl_FileProc:
              typedef void Tcl_FileProc(
                      ClientData clientData,
                      int mask);
       The clientData  parameter  to  proc  is  a  copy  of  the  clientData  argument  given  to
       Tcl_CreateFileHandler  when  the  callback was created.  Typically, clientData points to a
       data structure containing application-specific information about the  file.   Mask  is  an
       integer  mask  indicating  which of the requested conditions actually exists for the file;
       it will contain a subset of the bits in the mask argument to Tcl_CreateFileHandler.

       There  may  exist  only  one  handler  for  a  given   file   at   a   given   time.    If
       Tcl_CreateFileHandler  is  called  when  a  handler  already  exists  for fd, then the new
       callback replaces the information that was previously recorded.

       Tcl_DeleteFileHandler may be called to delete the file handler  for  fd;   if  no  handler
       exists for the file given by fd then the procedure has no effect.

       The  purpose  of  file  handlers  is  to  enable an application to respond to events while
       waiting for files to become ready for I/O.  For this to work  correctly,  the  application
       may  need to use non-blocking I/O operations on the files for which handlers are declared.
       Otherwise the application may block if it reads or writes too much data; while waiting for
       the  I/O  to  complete  the  application  will  not  be  able to service other events. Use
       Tcl_SetChannelOption with -blocking to set the channel into blocking or  nonblocking  mode
       as required.

       Note  that  these  interfaces  are  only  supported  by the Unix implementation of the Tcl


       callback, file, handler