Updated 2013-03-01 15:50:11 by pooryorick

tclsh man page

This global variable identifies whether the tcl interpreter is operating in interactive mode or not. If its value is 1 , then the interpreter acts as if it were an interactive interpreter. See tclsh for a list of the differences between interactive and non-interactive mode.

Ro: You can shorten commands in interactive mode, e.g.: "inf" for "info".

RS 2004-03-24: Yup - and this is especially delightful on a PocketPC where less stylus-tapping is better. If the abbreviation is unambiguous, like ll for [llength], it saves time and screen space; if it is ambiguous (e.g. 'l'), it is another introspection helper - the educational error message shows you the possible completions, just as [info command l*] would have done.
% l
ambiguous command name "l": label labelframe lappend lindex linsert list listbox
llength load loadvfs lower lrange lreplace lsearch lset lsort
% ll
wrong # args: should be "llength list"

Just make sure that the interactive command is tried at global level (0), so that unknown (which provides abbreviation mode) finds itself at level 1.

If tclsh runs a script given on the command line, tcl_interactive is set to 0, but adding the line
set ::tcl_interactive 1

gives you the described benefits, so I added that to iFile 1.1.

DGP: Note this feature is new in Tcl 8.4. Note also that the intended user of this feature is Tcl's test suite. Use with care.

JMN 2008: This variable seems to be undefined in new threads created using the Thread package. I suspect this is a bug, as other variables such as tcl_patchLevel do exist in new threads. On loading a module into another thread, which uses ::tcl_patchLevel to change its logging behaviour slightly, I get the error:
can't read "::tcl_interactive": no such variable