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store_get(+StoreHandle, ++Key, -Value)

Look up an entry in a store object
A store handle or store name
A ground term
A variable or arbitrary term


This looks up an entry under a given key in a given store object. If an entry for this key exists, the corresponding value is returned, otherwise the predicate fails.

The key can be arbitrarily complex, but must be a ground term. The value can be an arbitrary term, and may contain uninstantiated variables. Note that values are copied when being stored or retrieved, therefore a retrieved nonground value will contain fresh variables rather than the original ones (this is similar to the behaviour of bags, shelves and global variables).

The complexity of the retrieval operation is linear in both the size of the key and the value, since the value is being copied and the key needs to be compared. For indexing purposes, a hash value is computed from the key, and the full depth of the key is taken into account.

Note: If StoreHandle is not a handle, then it must be an atom or a compound term, and the store is identified by this term's toplevel functor together with the context module.

Modes and Determinism


This predicate is sensitive to its module context (tool predicate, see @/2).

Fail Conditions

The store does not contain an entry for Key


(4) instantiation fault
StoreHandle is uninstantiated
(4) instantiation fault
Key is not ground
(5) type error
StoreHandle is neither atom nor compound term nor store handle
(45) named object does not exist
StoreHandle is not the name of a store


    ?- store_create(Handle),
       store_set(Handle, tom, 12345),
       store_set(Handle, name(dick,tracy), phone(42376,home)),
       store_set(Handle, numbers:prime, [2,3,5,7|_More]),
       store_get(Handle, tom, Value1),
       store_get(Handle, name(dick,tracy), Value2),
       store_get(Handle, numbers:prime, Value3).

    Handle = $&(store,"17h3")
    Value1 = 12345
    Value2 = phone(42376, home)
    Value3 = [2, 3, 5, 7|_More]
    Yes (0.00s cpu)

    ?- store_create(Handle),
       store_set(Handle, tom, 12345),
       store_get(Handle, harry, Value).

    No (0.00s cpu)

See Also

store / 1, store_create / 1, store_contains / 2, store_count / 2, store_inc / 2, store_insert / 3, store_remove / 3, store_test_and_set / 4, store_update / 4