tcl::chan::core(3) Basic reflected/virtual channel support


package require Tcl 8.5

package require TclOO

package require tcl::chan::core ?1?

::tcl::chan::core objectName

objectName initialize thechannel mode

objectName finalize thechannel

objectName destroy


The tcl::chan::core package provides a TclOO class implementing common behaviour needed by virtually every reflected or virtual channel (initialization, finalization).

This class expects to be used as either superclass of a concrete channel class, or to be mixed into such a class.


::tcl::chan::core objectName
This command creates a new channel core object with an associated global Tcl command whose name is objectName. This command may be used to invoke various operations on the object, as described in the section for the Instance API.


The API of channel core instances provides only two methods, both corresponding to channel handler commands (For reference see TIP 219 [http:/]). They expect to be called from whichever object instance the channel core was made a part of.
objectName initialize thechannel mode
This method implements standard behaviour for the initialize method of channel handlers. Using introspection it finds the handler methods supported by the instance and returns a list containing their names, as expected by the support for reflected channels in the Tcl core.

It further remembers the channel handle in an instance variable for access by sub-classes.

objectName finalize thechannel
This method implements standard behaviour for the finalize method of channel handlers. It simply destroys itself.
objectName destroy
Destroying the channel core instance closes the channel it was initialized for, see the method initialize. When destroyed from within a call of finalize this does not happen, under the assumption that the channel is being destroyed by Tcl.


This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category virtchannel of the Tcllib Trackers []. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.


reflected channel, tip 219, virtual channel




Copyright (c) 2009 Andreas Kupries <[email protected]>