Property legal_values — Impose constraints on the possible values for an option.


cdl_option <name> {
  legal_values <list expression>


Options with the data or booldata flavors can have an arbitrary sequence of characters as their data. In nearly all cases some restrictions have to be imposed, for example the data should correspond to a number within a certain range, or it should be one of a small number of constants. The legal_values property can be used to impose such constraints. The arguments to the property should be a CDL list expression, see Section 3.6.5, “List Expressions” for the syntactic details. Common examples include:

legal_values 0 to 0x7fff
legal_values 9600 19200 38400
legal_values { "RAM" "ROM" }

The legal_values property can only be used for options with the data or booldata flavors, since it makes little sense to further constrain the legal values of a boolean option. An option can have at most one legal_values property.


If the first entry in a legal_values list expression is a negative number, for example legal_values -1 to 1 then this can be misinterpreted as an option instead of as part of the expression. Currently the legal_values property does not take any options, but this may change in future. Option processing halts at the sequence --, so the desired range can be expressed safely using legal_values -- -1 to 1


Architectural HAL packages should provide constants which can be used in legal_values list expressions. For example it should be possible to specify a numeric range such as 0 to CYGARC_MAXINT, rather than hard-wiring numbers such as 0x7fffffff which may not be valid on all targets. Current HAL packages do not define such constants.


The legal_values property is restricted mainly to numerical ranges and simple enumerations, and cannot cope with more complicated data items. Future versions of the configuration system will provide additional data validation facilities, for example a check_proc property which specifies a Tcl script that can be used to perform the validation.


  display       "Default Standard Time offset"
  flavor        data
  legal_values  -- -90000 to 90000
  default_value -- 0
  description   "
    This option controls the offset from UTC in
    seconds when in local Standard Time. This
    value can be positive or negative. It
    can also be set at run time using the
    cyg_libc_time_setzoneoffsets() function."

See Also

Properties calculated, default_value, and flavor.