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gets(n) 			      Tcl Built-In Commands				  gets(n)


       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 nonblocking 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  nonblocking  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 con-
       sisting	only  of the end-of-line character(s).	The eof and fblocked commands can be used
       to distinguish these three cases.

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

       blocking, channel, end of file, end of line, line, nonblocking, read

Tcl					       7.5					  gets(n)
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