Tk4.2 C API Man Page -- Tk_Main (n)
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Tk_Main - main program for Tk-based applications


#include <tk.h>

Tk_Main(argc, argv, appInitProc)


argc (in) Number of elements in argv.

*argv[] (in) Array of strings containing command-line arguments.

Tcl_AppInitProc *appInitProc (in) Address of an applicationspecific initialization procedure. The value for this argument is usually Tcl_AppInit.


Tk_Main acts as the main program for most Tk-based applications. Starting with Tk 4.0 it is not called main anymore because it is part of the Tk library and having a function main in a library (particularly a shared library) causes problems on many systems. Having main in the Tk library would also make it hard to use Tk in C++ programs, since C++ programs must have special C++ main functions.

Normally each application contains a small main function that does nothing but invoke Tk_Main. Tk_Main then does all the work of creating and running a wish-like application.

When it is has finished its own initialization, but before it processes commands, Tk_Main calls the procedure given by the appInitProc argument. This procedure provides a ``hook'' for the application to perform its own initialization, such as defining application-specific commands. The procedure must have an interface that matches the type Tcl_AppInitProc:
typedef int Tcl_AppInitProc(Tcl_Interp *interp); AppInitProc is almost always a pointer to Tcl_AppInit; for more details on this procedure, see the documentation for Tcl_AppInit.


application-specific initialization, command-line arguments, main program

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