An extension to JTcl that implements all the functionality F5 added to the Tcl language
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This is an extension to JTcl that implements all the functionality F5 added to the Tcl language.

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Instead of building this project yourself, you can download the binary from bintray


Fetch the source of JTcl using mercurial and replace the maven-jar-plugin config with the following in order to generate the test jar

            <manifestEntries />

If you're using Mac Os X and don't have mercurial installed, I recommend using the Source Tree app from the app store. It has excellent support for both git and mercurial. The next step, is to build and install the artifacts into your local maven repository using

mvn clean install -DskipTests

WARNING! you have to use JDK version 1.6. You can achieve this by setting JAVA_HOME appropriately.

Next, fetch the source code of this project, and align the jtcl.version property in _pom.xml_in with the JTcl version. Then, build the project using:

mvn clean package

This will generate a jar file named jtcl-irule.jar in the target directory. This jar file has to be added to the classpath of the JTcl shell script in order to override som of the functionality found in JTcl. Place it in front of the other jar file - it will take precedence. See TesTcl installation instructions for details.

What has been implemented so far

All the special iRule operators have now been implemented!

Original JTcl source code was modified in order to support the following iRule operators:

iRule only operators

  • starts_with Tests if one string starts with another string
  • ends_with Tests if one string ends with another string
  • contains Tests if one string contains another string
  • matches_glob Implement glob style matching within a comparison
  • matches_regex Tests if one string matches a regular expression

iRule aliases to standard Tcl operators

  • equals Tests if one string equals another string (eq operator)
  • and Performs a logical "and" comparison between two values (&& operator)
  • or Performs a logical "or" comparison between two values (|| operator)
  • not Performs a logical "not" on a value (! operator)

The only files that have been modified are:

  • expr.test


Both jtcl-irule and JTcl are released under a BSD-style license.