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


       gets - Read a line from a channel

       gets channelId ?varName?

       This  command reads the next line from channelId, returns everything in
       the line	up to (but not including) the  end-of-line  character(s),  and
       discards	the end-of-line	character(s).

       ChannelId  must	be  an	identifier for an open channel such as the Tcl
       standard	input channel (stdin), the return value	from an	invocation  of
       open or socket, or the result of	a channel creation command provided by
       a Tcl extension.	The channel must have been opened for input.

       If varName is omitted the line is returned as the result	 of  the  com-
       mand.   If varName is specified then the	line is	placed in the variable
       by that name and	the return value is a count of the number  of  charac-
       ters returned.

       If  end	of  file occurs	while scanning for an end of line, the command
       returns whatever	input is available up to the end of  file.   If	 chan-
       nelId  is  in  non-blocking  mode and there is not a full line of input
       available, the command returns an empty string and does not consume any
       input.  If varName is specified and an empty string is returned in var-
       Name because of end-of-file or because of  insufficient	data  in  non-
       blocking	 mode,	then  the return count is -1.  Note that if varName is
       not specified then the end-of-file and no-full-line-available cases can
       produce the same	results	as if there were an input line consisting only
       of the end-of-line character(s).	 The eof and fblocked commands can  be
       used to distinguish these three cases.

       This example reads a file one line at a time and	prints it out with the
       current line number attached to the start of each line.

	      set chan [open "some.file.txt"]
	      set lineNumber 0
	      while {[gets $chan line] >= 0} {
		  puts "[incr lineNumber]: $line"
	      close $chan

       file(n),	eof(n),	fblocked(n), Tcl_StandardChannels(3)

       blocking, channel, end of file, end of line, line, non-blocking,	read

Tcl				      7.5			       gets(n)


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