gets(3tcl)                   Tcl Built-In Commands                  gets(3tcl)


       gets - Read a line from a channel

       gets channelId ?varName?

       This command reads the next line from channelId, returns everything in
       the line up to (but not including) the end-of-line character(s), and
       discards the end-of-line character(s).

       ChannelId must be an identifier for an open channel such as the Tcl
       standard input channel (stdin), the return value from an invocation of
       open or socket, or the result of a channel creation command provided by
       a Tcl extension. The channel must have been opened for input.

       If varName is omitted the line is returned as the result of the
       command.  If varName is specified then the line is placed in the
       variable by that name and the return value is a count of the number of
       characters returned.

       If end of file occurs while scanning for an end of line, the command
       returns whatever input is available up to the end of file.  If
       channelId is in non-blocking mode and there is not a full line of input
       available, the command returns an empty string and does not consume any
       input.  If varName is specified and an empty string is returned in
       varName because of end-of-file or because of insufficient data in non-
       blocking mode, then the return count is -1.  Note that if varName is
       not specified then the end-of-file and no-full-line-available cases can
       produce the same results as if there were an input line consisting only
       of the end-of-line character(s).  The eof and fblocked commands can be
       used to distinguish these three cases.

       This example reads a file one line at a time and prints it out with the
       current line number attached to the start of each line.

              set chan [open "some.file.txt"]
              set lineNumber 0
              while {[gets $chan line] >= 0} {
                  puts "[incr lineNumber]: $line"
              close $chan

       file(3tcl), eof(3tcl), fblocked(3tcl), Tcl_StandardChannels(3tcl)

       blocking, channel, end of file, end of line, line, non-blocking, read

Tcl                                   7.5                           gets(3tcl)