Hi I'm wondering how can I reference to current node name in execute at begin node property.

\node[execute at begin node = \command_which_uses_node_name_to_to_do_soething_draw_uml_component_symbol] (){Node-name};
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    Could you give a MWE.
    – rtzll
    Dec 27, 2012 at 19:56
  • @Meter: That's not an MWE. An MWE is a complete minimal example document, which saves people the work of having to come up with a test document themselves (because that part of answering questions is pretty boring).
    – Jake
    Dec 27, 2012 at 20:17
  • @Meter: Is anything missing from my answer?
    – Jake
    Jan 2, 2013 at 14:51

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The node name is stored in \tikz@fig@name at the time the code in execute at begin node is executed.

Here's an MWE, which prints > \tikz@fig@name=macro: ->myname. into the .log file:



        execute at begin node=\show\tikz@fig@name   

\node (myname) [teststyle] {Text};

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    Note: even if we know its future name, the node does not yet exist at that time (execute at begin node). Dec 28, 2012 at 8:32
  • This command fails if the node has no name. Any idea how to get the "identifier" of a node? (If possible matching the "\tikztotarget" name?)
    – tobiasBora
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:22

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