Updated 2015-09-30 17:07:13 by pooryorick

info body procname

Returns the body of procname, which must be the name of a procedure.

jkock 2006-09-22: If the proc has been imported from another namespace, then it is the body of that proc that is returned. This can lead to considerable confusion in relation with variable names, allowing a situation where a proc defined with the body returned from info body P will not behave in the same way as P itself!

Consider this example:
namespace eval x {
    variable q 123
    proc ww {} {
        variable q
        return $q
    namespace export ww

namespace eval i {
    variable q 456
    namespace import -force ::x::ww

Now let us test the proc i::ww and see if we can understand it:
% i::ww
% info body i::ww

    variable q
    return $q

% set i::q

Quite mysterious, if we didn't know that i::ww was defined by namespace import.

I don't know if this behaviour should be considered a bug, you just have to be careful, and always do namespace origin before doing info body...

wdb: If you import a proc, it always "remembers" where it comes from. You can test it with namespace origin:
% namespace origin ::i::ww

The imported proc ::i::ww behaves as a link to ::x::ww.

But, if you rename ::x::ww to ::i::ww, then it really returns the value of ::i::q. So, since its behaviour is understood, it isn't strange any more, is it?

jkock 2006-09-22: in reply to wdb>Thanks for explaining what I already indicated in the last sentence.

I don't understand what you want to say with the rename example. What it is meant to explain or justify?

wdb: It was not my intent to annoy you. -- My example does not explain but illustrate how the proc behaves: if it is renamed to ::i::ww, then it behaves as if it were originally defined in namespace ::i. Obviously, it is always aware of its name.

For an explanation of the behaviour, I'd to look at the C sources. But, I am not willed to learn C. (That's one reason of my decision for Tcl).

jkock: OK, thanks. Within a few days I'll replace our discussion with a summary that sounds like it was written like that in the first place. (I agree with your viewpoint about C --- long live Tcl!) Cheers.

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