TIP 337: Make TclBackgroundException() Public

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by Aug 21.
Author:		Don Porter <dgp@users.sf.net>
State:		Final
Type:		Project
Vote:		Done
Created:	21-Oct-2008
Post-History:	
Tcl-Version:	8.6

Abstract

This TIP proposes to make the TclBackgroundException routine available in the public interface so that extensions may notify Tcl about all return codes that occur during background operations.

Background

When background operations in Tcl result in a non-TCL_OK return code, it has been recommended practice to call Tcl_BackgroundError() so that Tcl can arrange for background error handlers to react to the exceptional situation. The prototype of that routine is:

void Tcl_BackgroundError(Tcl_Interp *interp)

In Tcl 8.5, the new interp bgerror command permits registration of handlers that receive the full return options dictionary as an argument [221]. This means that such handlers can respond differently to different exceptions. At the same time a new internal routine TclBackgroundException with prototype:

void TclBackgroundException(Tcl_Interp *interp, int code)

and the implementation of Tcl_BackgroundError became:

void Tcl_BackgroundError(Tcl_Interp *interp) {
    TclBackgroundException(interp, TCL_ERROR);
}

The new TclBackgroundException routine is a more general routine suitable for announcing any exceptional code returned by background operations, not limited to TCL_ERROR like Tcl_BackgroundError has been. The new TclBackgroundException routine is used throughout the internal portions of Tcl so that full exception information gets reliably passed through to background exception handlers, when the background processing is governed by things which are built in to Tcl, such as after and chan event.

The oversight of [221] was not proposing to make TclBackgroundException public at the same time, so that extensions which govern background operations, notably Tk, have access to the same full expressive power.

Proposal

Rename the internal routine TclBackgroundException to Tcl_BackgroundException and place it in the public stubs table.

Apply Tk Patch 1789752 https://sourceforge.net/support/tracker.php?aid=1789752 to make use of the new facility.

Compatibility

No compatibility concerns from a new public routine.

Copyright

This document has been placed in the public domain.

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