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Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
 
 

update (1t)

Name

update - Process pending events and idle callbacks

Synopsis

update ?idletasks?

Description

update(1t)                   Tcl Built-In Commands                  update(1t)



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NAME
       update - Process pending events and idle callbacks

SYNOPSIS
       update ?idletasks?
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DESCRIPTION
       This  command is used to bring the application "up to date" by entering
       the event loop repeatedly until  all  pending  events  (including  idle
       callbacks) have been processed.

       If  the  idletasks  keyword is specified as an argument to the command,
       then no new events or errors are processed;  only  idle  callbacks  are
       invoked.   This  causes  operations that are normally deferred, such as
       display updates and window layout calculations, to be performed immedi-
       ately.

       The  update  idletasks  command is useful in scripts where changes have
       been made to the application's state and  you  want  those  changes  to
       appear  on  the display immediately, rather than waiting for the script
       to complete.  Most display updates are performed as idle callbacks,  so
       update idletasks will cause them to run.  However, there are some kinds
       of updates that only happen in response to events, such as those  trig-
       gered  by  window  size changes; these updates will not occur in update
       idletasks.

       The update command with no options is useful in scripts where  you  are
       performing  a  long-running computation but you still want the applica-
       tion to respond to events such as user interactions;  if you  occasion-
       ally call update then user input will be processed during the next call
       to update.

EXAMPLE
       Run computations for about a second and then finish:

              set x 1000
              set done 0
              after 1000 set done 1
              while {!$done} {
                  # A very silly example!
                  set x [expr {log($x) ** 2.8}]

                  # Test to see if our time-limit has been hit.  This would
                  # also give a chance for serving network sockets and, if
                  # the Tk package is loaded, updating a user interface.
                  update
              }


ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:


       +---------------+------------------+
       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE  |
       +---------------+------------------+
       |Availability   | runtime/tcl-8    |
       +---------------+------------------+
       |Stability      | Uncommitted      |
       +---------------+------------------+
SEE ALSO
       after(n), interp(n)

KEYWORDS
       asynchronous I/O, event, flush, handler, idle, update



NOTES
       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source was downloaded from  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/tcl/tcl-
       core8.6.7-src.tar.gz

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://www.tcl.tk/.



Tcl                                   7.5                           update(1t)