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replace stdout line in loop


as part of a script i have a loop that goes though a set of files.

This loop can take some time, so i'd like to show the user that something is happening by showing them the filename being worked on.

I could create a long list of file names in the terminal using echo or print $filename, but what i'd prefer to do (As the infomation isn't that useful to the user - they'd prefer to easily see the operations prior and after the loop in the terminal) is replace the same stdout line with the current filename in the loop.

I've played around with echo $filename \c, but this just appends all the filenames into a list on the same line (messy). how do i first delete the existing text on the current line so that the user only sees the current filename?

I hope you can make sense of my request!


---------- Post updated at 12:18 PM ---------- Previous update was at 10:42 AM ----------

solved the issue using 'tput dl1'. to delete the line.

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


foreach - Iterate over all elements in one or more lists SYNOPSIS
foreach varname list body foreach varlist1 list1 ?varlist2 list2 ...? body _________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION
The foreach command implements a loop where the loop variable(s) take on values from one or more lists. In the simplest case there is one loop variable, varname, and one list, list, that is a list of values to assign to varname. The body argument is a Tcl script. For each element of list (in order from first to last), foreach assigns the contents of the element to varname as if the lindex command had been used to extract the element, then calls the Tcl interpreter to execute body. In the general case there can be more than one value list (e.g., list1 and list2), and each value list can be associated with a list of loop variables (e.g., varlist1 and varlist2). During each iteration of the loop the variables of each varlist are assigned consecutive values from the corresponding list. Values in each list are used in order from first to last, and each value is used exactly once. The total number of loop iterations is large enough to use up all the values from all the value lists. If a value list does not contain enough elements for each of its loop variables in each iteration, empty values are used for the missing elements. The break and continue statements may be invoked inside body, with the same effect as in the for command. Foreach returns an empty string. EXAMPLES
The following loop uses i and j as loop variables to iterate over pairs of elements of a single list. set x {} foreach {i j} {a b c d e f} { lappend x $j $i } # The value of x is "b a d c f e" # There are 3 iterations of the loop. The next loop uses i and j to iterate over two lists in parallel. set x {} foreach i {a b c} j {d e f g} { lappend x $i $j } # The value of x is "a d b e c f {} g" # There are 4 iterations of the loop. The two forms are combined in the following example. set x {} foreach i {a b c} {j k} {d e f g} { lappend x $i $j $k } # The value of x is "a d e b f g c {} {}" # There are 3 iterations of the loop. SEE ALSO
for(n), while(n), break(n), continue(n) KEYWORDS
foreach, iteration, list, looping Tcl foreach(n)

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