variable(n) Tcl Built-In Commands variable(n)
variable - create and initialize a namespace variable
variable ?name value...? name ?value?
This command is normally used within a namespace eval command to create one or more vari-
ables within a namespace. Each variable name is initialized with value. The value for
the last variable is optional.
If a variable name does not exist, it is created. In this case, if value is specified, it
is assigned to the newly created variable. If no value is specified, the new variable is
left undefined. If the variable already exists, it is set to value if value is specified
or left unchanged if no value is given. Normally, name is unqualified (does not include
the names of any containing namespaces), and the variable is created in the current names-
pace. If name includes any namespace qualifiers, the variable is created in the specified
namespace. If the variable is not defined, it will be visible to the namespace which com-
mand, but not to the info exists command.
If the variable command is executed inside a Tcl procedure, it creates local variables
linked to the corresponding namespace variables (and therefore these variables are listed
by info locals.) In this way the variable command resembles the global command, although
the global command only links to variables in the global namespace. If any values are
given, they are used to modify the values of the associated namespace variables. If a
namespace variable does not exist, it is created and optionally initialized.
A name argument cannot reference an element within an array. Instead, name should refer-
ence the entire array, and the initialization value should be left off. After the vari-
able has been declared, elements within the array can be set using ordinary set or array
global(n), namespace(n), upvar(n)
global, namespace, procedure, variable
Tcl 8.0 variable(n)