Tk_Name(3)            Tk Library Procedures            Tk_Name(3)



     Tk_Name,  Tk_PathName,  Tk_NameToWindow  -  convert  between
     names and window tokens


     #include <tk.h>


     char *

     Tk_NameToWindow(interp, pathName, tkwin)


     Tk_Window tkwin (in)               Token for window.

     Tcl_Interp *interp (out)           Interpreter  to  use  for
                                        error reporting.

     const char *pathName (in)          Character string contain-
                                        ing path name of window.


     Each window managed by Tk has two names, a short  name  that
     identifies a window among children of the same parent, and a
     path name that identifies the window uniquely among all  the
     windows belonging to the same main window.  The path name is
     used more often in Tk than the short name;   many  commands,
     like bind, expect path names as arguments.

     The Tk_Name macro returns a window's short  name,  which  is
     the same as the name argument passed to Tk_CreateWindow when
     the window was created.  The value is returned as a  Tk_Uid,
     which  may  be  used just like a string pointer but also has
     the properties of a unique identifier (see the manual  entry
     for Tk_GetUid for details).

     The Tk_PathName macro returns a hierarchical name for tkwin.
     Path  names  have  a structure similar to file names in Unix
     but with dots between elements instead of slashes:  the main
     window  for  an application has the path name "."; its chil-
     dren have names like ".a"  and  ".b";  their  children  have
     names like ".a.aa" and ""; and so on.  A window is con-
     sidered to be a child of another window for naming  purposes
     if  the second window was named as the first window's parent

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     when the first window was created.  This is not  always  the
     same  as  the  X window hierarchy.  For example, a pop-up is
     created as a child of  the  root  window,  but  its  logical
     parent will usually be a window within the application.

     The procedure Tk_NameToWindow returns the token for a window
     given its path name (the pathName argument) and another win-
     dow belonging to the same main window (tkwin).  It  normally
     returns  a token for the named window, but if no such window
     exists Tk_NameToWindow leaves an error  message  in  interp-
     >result   and   returns   NULL.    The   tkwin  argument  to
     Tk_NameToWindow is needed because path names are only unique
     within  a  single application hierarchy.  If, for example, a
     single process has opened two main windows, each will have a
     separate  naming  hierarchy  and  the  same  path name might
     appear in each of the hierarchies.  Normally  tkwin  is  the
     main  window  of the desired hierarchy, but this need not be
     the case:  any window in the desired hierarchy may be used.


     name, path name, token, window

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