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case(n)			     Tcl Built-In Commands		       case(n)

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NAME
       case - Evaluate one of several scripts, depending on a given value

SYNOPSIS
       case string ?in?	patList	body ?patList body ...?

       case string ?in?	{patList body ?patList body ...?}
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DESCRIPTION
       Note:  the  case	command	is obsolete and	is supported only for backward
       compatibility.  At some point in	the future it may be removed entirely.
       You should use the switch command instead.

       The  case  command matches string against each of the patList arguments
       in order.  Each patList argument	is a list of one or more patterns.  If
       any  of these patterns matches string then case evaluates the following
       body argument by	passing	it recursively to the Tcl interpreter and  re-
       turns the result	of that	evaluation.  Each patList argument consists of
       a single	pattern	or list	of patterns.  Each pattern may contain any  of
       the  wild-cards described under string match.  If a patList argument is
       default,	the corresponding body will be evaluated if no patList matches
       string.	If no patList argument matches string and no default is	given,
       then the	case command returns an	empty string.

       Two syntaxes are	provided for the  patList  and	body  arguments.   The
       first  uses  a separate argument	for each of the	patterns and commands;
       this form is convenient if substitutions	are desired  on	 some  of  the
       patterns	 or  commands.	The second form	places all of the patterns and
       commands	together into a	single argument; the argument must have	proper
       list  structure,	 with  the elements of the list	being the patterns and
       commands.  The second form makes	it easy	to construct  multi-line  case
       commands, since the braces around the whole list	make it	unnecessary to
       include a backslash at the end of each line.  Since the	patList	 argu-
       ments  are in braces in the second form,	no command or variable substi-
       tutions are performed on	them;  this makes the behavior of  the	second
       form different than the first form in some cases.

SEE ALSO
       switch(n)

KEYWORDS
       case, match, regular expression

Tcl				      7.0			       case(n)

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