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Ticket UUID: 723677
Title: ADD --> ::struct::tree -exists -- myTree
Type: RFE Version: None
Submitter: davidhbigelow Created on: 2003-04-18 13:53:49
Subsystem: struct :: tree Assigned To: andreas_kupries
Priority: 5 Medium Severity:
Status: Deleted Last Modified: 2013-07-04 20:09:16
Resolution: Not Applicable Here Closed By:
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Currently there appears to be no way to detect if 
a ::struct::tree name exists without usign non-lib 
functions to capture what is availiable.

if ![string match [info commands myTree] myTree] {
    ::struct::tree myTree

if ![::struct::tree -exists -- myTree] {
    ::struct::tree myTree

We have found, when we are using the ::struct::tree as a 
central location for data (instead of arrays or lists), that 
we need to verify if the tree exists before we continue 
with other program logic.  Since we have many procs 
referencing the same ::struct::tree, and any of them 
could be called at any time by the end user, we need to 
check to see if the ::struct::tree exists so we make sure 
to create it if it is not there.

Even though there is a way to detect if the ::struct::tree 
exists using other Tcl commands - it would be easier 
and more complete to have this basic call in 
the ::struct::tree lib as a standard option.

Any Questions?

David Bigelow
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User Comments: davidhbigelow added on 2003-04-18 22:52:59:
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Good point about introspection.  It did not hit me about that 
until I spent some time trying to figure out how to detect this 
so that I could avoid trying to create something that was 
already there and dealing with errors.

However, if we have the ability to destroy a tree using 
the "myTree destory" - then we should be able to easily 
detect it's existance within the same command set and not 
have to jump to a more complicated string of commands to 
determine existance (e.g., [string equal [info commands 
myTree] myTree]) -- seems logical.

Any Questions?

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andreas_kupries added on 2003-04-18 22:20:58:
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Confirming that we have nothing in the interface of tree for
checking the existence of a tree ... This is a request I
have think longer about, given that it is possible to check
for existence of the object in other ways ... Do other
object systems (like [incr Tcl], XOTcl, SNIT, ...) provide a
class method or global command to check the existence of an
object ? Or do they rely too on the introspection
capabilities of Tcl ?