tixExFileSelectBox - Man Page

Create and manipulate tixExFileSelectBox widgets


tixExFileSelectBox pathName ?options?


The TixExFileSelectBox class does not have a super-class.

Standard Options

TixExFileSelectBox supports all the standard options of a frame widget. See the options(n) manual entry for details on the standard options.

Widget-Specific Options

[-browsecmd browseCmd] Specifies a command to call whenever the user browses on a filename in the file listbox (usually by single-clicking on the filename). The command is called with one argument, the complete pathname of the file.[-command command] Specifies the command to be called when the user chooses on a filename the file listbox (usually by double-clicking on the filename). The command is called with one argument, the complete pathname of the file.[-dialog dialog] Specifies a dialog box which contains this ExFileSelectBox widget. The dialog box must be a widget of the class TixShell or its descendant classes. This is an internal option and should not be used by application programmers.[-dircmd dircmd] Specifies the TCL command to be called when a file listing is needed for a particular directory. If this option is not specified, by default the ExFileSelectBox widget will attempt to read the directory as a Unix directory. On special occasions, the application programmer may want to supply a special method for reading directories: for example, when he needs to list remote files. In this case, the -dircmd option can be used. The specified command accepts three arguments: the first is the name of the directory to be listed; the second is a list of file patterns, the third is a Boolean value indicating whether hidden files should be listed. This command returns a list of names of the files of this directory which match with the file patterns.


Specifies the current directory whose files and sub-directories are displayed in the ExFileSelectBox.[-disablecallback disableCallback] A boolean value indicating whether callbacks should be disabled. When set to true, the TCL command specified by the -command option is not executed when the -value of the ExFileSelectBox widget changes.[-filetypes fileTypes] Specifies the file types that can be selected from the "List Files of Type:" ComboBox subwidget. The value of this option must be a TCL list; each item of this list must in turn be a list of two elements. The first element is a list of file patterns. The second element is a string that describe these file patterns. For example:

    tixExFileSelectBox .box -filetypes  {
        {{*}	{All files}}
        {{*.txt}	{Text files}}
        {{*.c *.h}	{C source files}}

[-showhidden showHidden] Specifies whether hidden directories should be shown. By default, a directory name starting with a period "." is considered as a hidden directory.[-pattern pattern] Specifies whether the file pattern(s) to match with the files in the current directory. One or more file patterns can be given at the same time. For example, {*.c *.h} will match all files that have either the ".h" or ".c" extensions.


Specifies the name of the filename currently selected by the user.



The button widget with the "Cancel" label.


The ComboBox subwidget under the "Directories" heading.


The DirList subwidget that shows the hierarchical list of directories.


The ComboBox subwidget under the "Files" heading.


The ScrolledListBox subwidget that shows the list of filenames.


The checkbutton widget with the "Show Hidden Files" label.


The button widget with the "OK" label.


The ComboBox subwidget under the "List Files of Type" heading.


The tixExFileSelectBox command creates a new window (given by the pathName argument) and makes it into a ExFileSelectBox widget. Additional options, described above, may be specified on the command line or in the option database to configure aspects of the ExFileSelectBox such as its cursor and relief.

The ExFileSelectBox widget is usually embedded in a tixExFileSelectDialog widget. It provides an convenient method for the user to select files. The style of the ExFileSelectBox widget is very similar to the standard file dialog in MS Windows 3.1.

Widget Commands

The tixExFileSelectBox command creates a new Tcl command whose name is the same as the path name of the ExFileSelectBox's window. This command may be used to invoke various operations on the widget. It has the following general form:

pathName option ?arg arg ...?

PathName is the name of the command, which is the same as the ExFileSelectBox widget's path name. Option and the args determine the exact behavior of the command. The following commands are possible for ExFileSelectBox widgets:

pathName cget option

Returns the current value of the configuration option given by option. Option may have any of the values accepted by the tixExFileSelectBox command.

pathName configure ?option? ?value option value ...?

Query or modify the configuration options of the widget.  If no option is specified, returns a list describing all of the available options for pathName (see Tk_ConfigureInfo for information on the format of this list).  If option is specified with no value, then the command returns a list describing the one named option (this list will be identical to the corresponding sublist of the value returned if no option is specified).  If one or more option-value pairs are specified, then the command modifies the given widget option(s) to have the given value(s); in this case the command returns an empty string.  Option may have any of the values accepted by the tixExFileSelectBox command.

pathName filter

Forces the ExFileSelectBox widget to re-filter all the filenames according to the -pattern option.

pathName invoke

Forces the ExFileSelectBox widget to perform actions as if the user has pressed the "OK" button.

pathName subwidget name ?args?

When no options are given, this command returns the pathname of the subwidget of the specified name.

When options are given, the widget command of the specified subwidget will be called with these options.




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