Updated 2014-10-28 09:59:58 by aspect

package, a built-in Tcl command, provides facilities for extending loading new commands into a Tcl interpreter.

Synopsis  edit

package forget ?package package ...?
package ifneeded package version ?script?
package names
package present ?-exact? package ?version?
package provide package ?version?
package require ?-exact? package ?version?
package unknown ?command?
package vcompare version1 version2
package versions package
package vsatisfies version1 version2

Documentation  edit

official reference

See Also  edit

Magic names
User Guide
Developer Guide
pkg_mkIndex pitfalls
Using Tk as a loadable package
Where does the package command find the packages it seeks?
package management
Tcl syntax
Fulfilling the Promise of package unknown, by DGP
A presentation given at the Eighth Annual Tcl/Tk Conference

pkgIndex.tcl  edit

DGP, PYK: The man page for pkg_mkIndex covers the basics in the HOW IT WORKS section. For now pkgIndex.tcl is the primary way to make Tcl aware of packages, but stay tuned for better ideas. We don't want to be chained to pkgIndex.tcl files forever.

See also pkg_mkIndex pitfalls.

Development  edit

dgp, Tcl Chatroom, 2014-10-07, made the following comments regarding improvements to package or a similar facility for Tcl:
Ought to install per-namespace. Ought to fallback from, instead of die on errors. Ought to enforce namespace containment. Might need to have some kind of manifest facility. Ought to define an installation procedure. If it must make that customizable, then customizing finding and installing must be done together. Should continue to support multiple versions installed in parallel. Should support simultaneous install of different versions into different namespaces.