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option(n)		     Tk	Built-In Commands		     option(n)

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NAME
       option -	Add/retrieve window options to/from the	option database

SYNOPSIS
       option add pattern value	?priority?
       option clear
       option get window name class
       option readfile fileName	?priority?
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DESCRIPTION
       The  option command allows you to add entries to	the Tk option database
       or to retrieve options from the database.  The add form of the  command
       adds  a	new option to the database.  Pattern contains the option being
       specified, and consists of names	and/or classes separated by  asterisks
       or  dots, in the	usual X	format (see PATTERN FORMAT).  Value contains a
       text string to associate	with pattern;  this is the value that will  be
       returned	 in  calls to Tk_GetOption or by invocations of	the option get
       command.	 If priority is	specified, it indicates	the priority level for
       this  option (see below for legal values);  it defaults to interactive.
       This command always returns an empty string.

       The option clear	command	clears the option database.   Default  options
       (from  the  RESOURCE_MANAGER  property  or the .Xdefaults file) will be
       reloaded	automatically the next time an option is added to the database
       or removed from it.  This command always	returns	an empty string.

       The  option  get	 command returns the value of the option specified for
       window under name and class.  If	several	entries	in the option database
       match  window,  name, and class,	then the command returns whichever was
       created with highest priority level.  If	there are several matching en-
       tries  at  the same priority level, then	it returns whichever entry was
       most recently entered into the option database.	If there are no	match-
       ing entries, then the empty string is returned.

       The  readfile form of the command reads fileName, which should have the
       standard	format for an X	resource database such as .Xdefaults, and adds
       all the options specified in that file to the option database.  If pri-
       ority is	specified, it indicates	the priority level at which  to	 enter
       the options;  priority defaults to interactive.

       The  priority  arguments	 to  the option	command	are normally specified
       symbolically using one of the following values:

       widgetDefault
	      Level 20.	 Used for default values hard-coded into widgets.

       startupFile
	      Level 40.	 Used for options  specified  in  application-specific
	      startup files.

       userDefault
	      Level  60.  Used for options specified in	user-specific defaults
	      files, such as .Xdefaults, resource databases loaded into	the  X
	      server, or user-specific startup files.

       interactive
	      Level  80.   Used	 for options specified interactively after the
	      application starts running.  If priority is  not	specified,  it
	      defaults to this level.

       Any  of the above keywords may be abbreviated.  In addition, priorities
       may be specified	numerically using integers between 0 and  100,	inclu-
       sive.   The numeric form	is probably a bad idea except for new priority
       levels other than the ones given	above.

PATTERN	FORMAT
       Patterns	consist	of a sequence of words separated  by  either  periods,
       ".", or asterisks "*".  The overall pattern may also be optionally pre-
       ceded by	an asterisk.

       Each word in the	pattern	conventionally starts with  either  an	upper-
       case  letter  (in which case it denotes the class of either a widget or
       an option) or any other character, when it denotes the name of a	widget
       or  option.  The	 last word in the pattern always indicates the option;
       the preceding ones constrain which widgets that option will  be	looked
       for in.

       When  two  words	are separated by a period, the latter widget must be a
       direct child of the former (or the option must apply to only the	 indi-
       cated widgets).	When two words are separated by	an asterisk, any depth
       of widgets may lie between the former and latter	widgets	(and  the  op-
       tion applies to all widgets that	are children of	the former widget).

       If  the	overall	 pattern  is preceded by an asterisk, then the overall
       pattern applies anywhere	it can throughout the whole widget  hierarchy.
       Otherwise the first word	of the pattern is matched against the name and
       class of	the "."	 toplevel, which are usually set by options to wish.

EXAMPLES
       Instruct	every button in	the application	to have	red text on it	unless
       explicitly  overridden  (note  that on some platforms the option	is ig-
       nored):
	      option add *Button.foreground red	startupFile

       Allow users to control what happens in an entry widget when the	Return
       key  is pressed by specifying a script in the option database and add a
       default option for that which rings the bell:
	      entry .e
	      bind .e <Return> [option get .e returnCommand Command]
	      option add *.e.returnCommand bell	widgetDefault

SEE ALSO
       options(n), wish(1)

KEYWORDS
       database, option, priority, retrieve

Tk								     option(n)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | PATTERN FORMAT | EXAMPLES | SEE ALSO | KEYWORDS

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