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NAME

       Tcl_InitStubs - initialize the Tcl stubs mechanism

SYNOPSIS

       #include <tcl.h>

       CONST char *
       Tcl_InitStubs(interp, version, exact)

ARGUMENTS

       Tcl_Interp   *interp   (in)      Tcl interpreter handle.

       CONST char   *version  (in)      A  version  string  consisting  of  one  or  more decimal
                                        numbers separated by dots.

       int          exact     (in)      Non-zero means that only the particular version specified
                                        by version is acceptable.  Zero means that versions newer
                                        than version are also acceptable as long as they have the
                                        same major version number as version.
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INTRODUCTION

       The  Tcl  stubs mechanism defines a way to dynamically bind extensions to a particular Tcl
       implementation at run time.  This provides two significant benefits to Tcl users:

       1)   Extensions that use the stubs mechanism can be loaded into multiple versions  of  Tcl
            without being recompiled or relinked.

       2)   Extensions  that  use  the stubs mechanism can be dynamically loaded into statically-
            linked Tcl applications.

       The stubs mechanism  accomplishes  this  by  exporting  function  tables  that  define  an
       interface  to  the  Tcl API.  The extension then accesses the Tcl API through offsets into
       the function table, so there are no direct references to any of the Tcl library's symbols.
       This  redirection  is transparent to the extension, so an extension writer can continue to
       use all public Tcl functions as documented.

       The stubs mechanism requires no changes to applications  incorporating  Tcl  interpreters.
       Only  developers  creating  C-based  Tcl  extensions  need  to take steps to use the stubs
       mechanism with their extensions.

       Enabling the stubs mechanism for an extension requires the following steps:

       1)   Call Tcl_InitStubs in the extension before calling any other Tcl functions.

       2)   Define the USE_TCL_STUBS symbol.  Typically, you would  include  the  -DUSE_TCL_STUBS
            flag when compiling the extension.

       3)   Link  the  extension  with the Tcl stubs library instead of the standard Tcl library.
            On Unix platforms, the library name is libtclstub8.1.a;  on  Windows  platforms,  the
            library name is tclstub81.lib.

       If  the  extension  also requires the Tk API, it must also call Tk_InitStubs to initialize
       the Tk stubs interface and link with the Tk stubs libraries.  See  the  Tk_InitStubs  page
       for more information.

DESCRIPTION

       Tcl_InitStubs  attempts  to initialize the stub table pointers and ensure that the correct
       version of Tcl is loaded.  In addition to an interpreter handle, it accepts as arguments a
       version  number  and  a  Boolean  flag  indicating whether the extension requires an exact
       version match or not.  If exact is 0, then the extension is indicating that newer versions
       of  Tcl are acceptable as long as they have the same major version number as version; non-
       zero means that only the specified version is acceptable.  Tcl_InitStubs returns a  string
       containing the actual version of Tcl satisfying the request, or NULL if the Tcl version is
       not acceptable, does not support stubs, or any other error condition occurred.

SEE ALSO

       Tk_InitStubs

KEYWORDS

       stubs