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       Tcl_StackChannel,    Tcl_UnstackChannel,    Tcl_GetStackedChannel,   Tcl_GetTopChannel   -
       manipulate stacked I/O channels


       #include <tcl.h>

       Tcl_StackChannel(interp, typePtr, clientData, mask, channel)

       Tcl_UnstackChannel(interp, channel)




       Tcl_Interp *interp (in)                  Interpreter for error reporting.

       Tcl_ChannelType *typePtr (in)            The  new  channel  I/O  procedures  to  use   for

       ClientData clientData (in)               Arbitrary  one-word  value to pass to channel I/O

       int mask (in)                            Conditions under which channel will be used:  OR-
                                                ed  combination of TCL_READABLE, TCL_WRITABLE and
                                                TCL_EXCEPTION.  This  can  be  a  subset  of  the
                                                operations currently allowed on channel.

       Tcl_Channel channel (in)                 An  existing  Tcl  channel  such  as  returned by


       These functions are for use by extensions that add processing layers to Tcl I/O  channels.
       Examples  include compression and encryption modules.  These functions transparently stack
       and unstack a new channel on top of an existing  one.   Any  number  of  channels  can  be
       stacked together.

       The implementation of the Tcl channel code was rewritten in 8.3.2 to correct some problems
       with the previous implementation with regard to stacked channels.   Anyone  using  stacked
       channels    or   creating   stacked   channel   drivers   should   update   to   the   new
       TCL_CHANNEL_VERSION_2 Tcl_ChannelType structure.  See Tcl_CreateChannel for details.

       Tcl_StackChannel stacks a new channel on an existing channel with the same name  that  was
       registered for channel by Tcl_RegisterChannel.

       Tcl_StackChannel  works  by  creating a new channel structure and placing itself on top of
       the channel stack.  EOL translation, encoding and buffering options are shared between all
       channels  in  the  stack.   The hidden channel does no buffering, newline translations, or
       character set encoding.   Instead,  the  buffering,  newline  translations,  and  encoding
       functions  all  remain  at the top of the channel stack.  A pointer to the new top channel
       structure is returned.  If an error occurs when stacking the  channel,  NULL  is  returned

       The  mask  parameter  specifies the operations that are allowed on the new channel.  These
       can be a subset of the operations allowed on the original channel.  For example,  a  read-
       write channel may become read-only after the Tcl_StackChannel call.

       Closing  a channel closes the channels stacked below it.  The close of stacked channels is
       executed in a way that allows buffered data to be properly flushed.

       Tcl_UnstackChannel reverses the process.  The old channel is associated with  the  channel
       name,  and  the  processing module added by Tcl_StackChannel is destroyed.  If there is no
       old channel, then Tcl_UnstackChannel is equivalent  to  Tcl_Close.   If  an  error  occurs
       unstacking the channel, TCL_ERROR is returned, otherwise TCL_OK is returned.

       Tcl_GetTopChannel returns the top channel in the stack of channels the supplied channel is
       part of.

       Tcl_GetStackedChannel returns the channel in the stack of channels which is just below the
       supplied channel.


       Notifier(3tcl), Tcl_CreateChannel(3tcl), Tcl_OpenFileChannel(3tcl), vwait(3tcl).


       channel, compression