Tk_GetFontStruct, Tk_NameOfFontStruct, Tk_FreeFontStruct - maintain database of fonts
XFontStruct * Tk_GetFontStruct(interp, tkwin, nameId)
char * Tk_NameOfFontStruct(fontStructPtr)
Interpreter to use for error reporting.
Token for window in which font will be used.
Name of desired font.
Font structure to return name for or delete.
Tk_GetFont loads the font indicated by nameId and returns a pointer to information about the font. The pointer returned by Tk_GetFont will remain valid until Tk_FreeFont is called to release it. NameId can be either a font name or pattern; any value that could be passed to XLoadQueryFont may be passed to Tk_GetFont. If Tk_GetFont is unsuccessful (because, for example, there is no font corresponding to nameId) then it returns NULL and stores an error message in interp->result.
Tk_GetFont maintains a database of all fonts it has allocated. If the same nameId is requested multiple times (e.g. by different windows or for different purposes), then additional calls for the same nameId will be handled very quickly, without involving the X server. For this reason, it is generally better to use Tk_GetFont in place of X library procedures like XLoadQueryFont.
The procedure Tk_NameOfFontStruct is roughly the inverse of Tk_GetFontStruct. If its fontStructPtr argument was created by Tk_GetFontStruct, then the return value is the nameId argument that was passed to Tk_GetFontStruct to create the font. If fontStructPtr was not created by a call to Tk_GetFontStruct, then the return value is a hexadecimal string giving the X identifier for the associated font. Note: the string returned by Tk_NameOfFontStruct is only guaranteed to persist until the next call to Tk_NameOfFontStruct.
When a font returned by Tk_GetFont is no longer needed, Tk_FreeFont should be called to release it. There should be exactly one call to Tk_FreeFont for each call to Tk_GetFont. When a font is no longer in use anywhere (i.e. it has been freed as many times as it has been gotten) Tk_FreeFont will release it to the X server and delete it from the database.