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       tkcon - Tk console replacement


       tkcon [{option value | tcl_script} ...]


       TkCon  is  a  replacement for the standard console that comes with Tk (on Windows/Mac, but
       also works on Unix).  The console itself provides many more  features  than  the  standard
       console.   TkCon  works on all platforms where Tcl/Tk is available.  It is meant primarily
       to aid one when working with the little details inside Tcl and Tk, giving Unix  users  the
       GUI console provided by default in the Mac and Windows Tk.

       tkcon [{option value | tcl_script} ...]


       Except  for  -rcfile,  command line arguments are handled after the TkCon resource file is
       sourced, but before the slave interpreter or the TkCon user interface is initialized.

       -rcfile is handled right before it would be sourced, allowing you to specify any alternate
       file.   Command  line  arguments  are  passed to each new console and will be evaluated by
       each.  To prevent this from happening, you have to say

              tkcon main set argv {}; tkcon main set argc 0

       For these options, any unique substring is allowed.

       -argv (also --)
              Causes TkCon to stop  evaluating  arguments  and  set  the  remaining  args  to  be
              argv/argc  (with  -- prepended).  This carries over for any further consoles.  This
              is meant only for wrapping TkCon around programs that require their own arguments.

       -color-<color> color
              Sets the requested color type to the specified color for tkcon.  See tkconrc(5) for
              the recognized <color> names.

       -eval tcl_script (also -main or -e)
              A  Tcl  script  to  eval  in  each  main  interpreter.  This is evaluated after the
              resource file is loaded and the  slave  interpreter  is  created.   Multiple  -eval
              switches will be recognized (in order).

       -exec slavename
              Sets  the  named  slave that tkcon operates in.  In general, this is only useful to
              set to "" (empty), indicating to tkcon to avoid  the  multi-interpreter  model  and
              operate in the main environment.  When this is empty, any further arguments will be
              only used in the first tkcon console and not  passed  onto  further  new  consoles.
              This  is  useful  when  using tkcon as a console for extended wish executables that
              don't load there commands into slave interpreters.

       -font font
              Sets the font that tkcon uses for its text windows.  If this isn't  a  fixed  width
              font, tkcon will override it.

       -nontcl TCL_BOOLEAN
              Sets  ::tkcon::OPT(nontcl)  to TCL_BOOLEAN (see tkconrc(5)).  Needed when attaching
              to non-Tcl interpreters.

       -package package_name (also -load)
              Packages to automatically load into the slave interpreters (i.e. "Tk").

       -rcfile filename
              Specify an alternate tkcon resource file name.

       -root widgetname
              Makes the named widget the root name of all consoles (i.e. .tkcon).

       -slave tcl_script
              A Tcl script to eval in each slave interpreter.  This will append the one specified
              in the tkcon resource file, if any.


       Most of the bindings are the same as for the text widget.  Some have been modified to make
       sure that the integrity of the console is maintained.  Others have been added  to  enhance
       the usefulness of the console.  Only the modified or new bindings are listed here.

       Control-x or Cut (on Sparc5 keyboards)

       Control-c or Copy (on Sparc5 keyboards)

       Control-v or Paste (on Sparc5 keyboards)

       Insert Insert (duh).

       Up     Goes  up  one level in the commands line history when cursor is on the prompt line,
              otherwise it moves through the buffer.

       Down   Goes down one level in the commands line history when cursor is on the last line of
              the buffer, otherwise it moves through the buffer.

              Goes up one level in the commands line history.

              Goes down one level in the commands line history.

       Tab    Tries to expand file path names, then variable names, then proc names.

       Escape Tries to expand file path names.

              Tries  to  expand  procedure  names.   The  procedure  names will be those that are
              actually in the attached interpreter (unless nontcl is specified, in which case  it
              always does the lookup in the default slave interpreter).

              Tries  to  expand  variable  names  (those  returned  by [info vars]).  It's search
              behavior is like that for procedure names.

       Return or Enter
              Evaluates the current command line if it is a complete command, otherwise  it  just
              goes to a new line.

              Go to the beginning of the current command line.

              Clear the entire console buffer.

              Searches  backwards  in the history for any command that contains the string in the
              current command line.  Repeatable to search farther back.  The  matching  substring
              off the found command will blink.

              As above, but searches forward (only useful if you searched too far back).

              Transposes characters.

              Clears the current command line.

              Saves  current command line in a buffer that can be retrieved with another Control-
              z.  If the current command line is empty,  then  any  saved  command  is  retrieved
              without  being  overwritten, otherwise the current contents get swapped with what's
              in the saved command buffer.

              Attaches console to the console's slave interpreter.

              Attaches console to the console's master interpreter.

              Attaches console to main TkCon interpreter.

              Pops up the "About" dialog.

              Creates a new console. Each console has separate state, including it's  own  widget
              hierarchy (it's a slave interpreter).

              Close   the  current  console  OR  Quit  the  program  (depends  on  the  value  of

              Closes the current console.   Closing  the  main  console  will  exit  the  program
              (something has to control all the slaves...).

       TkCon  also  has  electric bracing (similar to that in emacs).  It will highlight matching
       pairs of {}'s, []'s, ()'s and ""'s.  For the first three, if there  is  no  matching  left
       element  for  the  right,  then it blinks the entire current command line.  For the double
       quote, if there is no proper match then it just blinks the current double quote character.
       It  does  properly recognize most escaping (except escaped escapes), but does not look for
       commenting (why would you interactively put comments in?).


       There are several new procedures  introduced  in  TkCon  to  improve  productivity  and/or
       account  for  lost  functionality  in the Tcl environment that users are used to in native
       environments.  There are also some redefined  procedures.   Here  is  a  non-comprehensive

       alias ?sourceCmd targetCmd ?arg arg ...??
              Simple  alias mechanism.  It will overwrite existing commands.  When called without
              args, it returns current aliases.  Note that TkCon makes some aliases for  you  (in
              slaves).  Don't delete those.

       clear ?percentage?
              Clears the text widget.  Same as the <Control-l> binding, except this will accept a
              percentage of the buffer to clear (1-100, 100 default).

       dir ?-all? ?-full? ?-long? ?pattern pattern ...?
              Cheap way to get directory listings.  Uses glob style pattern matching.

       dump type ?-nocomplain? ?-filter pattern? ?--? pattern ?pattern ...?
              The dump command provides a way for the user to spit out  state  information  about
              the  interpreter  in  a  Tcl readable (and human readable) form.  See dump(3tk) for

       echo ?arg arg ...?
              Concatenates the args and spits the result to the console (stdout).

       edit ?-type type? ?-find str? ?-attach interp? arg
              Opens an editor with the data from arg.  The optional type argument can be one  of:
              proc, var or file.  For proc or var, the arg may be a pattern.

       idebug command ?args?
              Interactive debugging command.  See idebug(3tk) for details.

       lremove ?-all? ?-regexp -glob? list items
              Removes  one  or  more  items  from  a  list  and returns the new list.  If -all is
              specified, it removes all instances of each item in the list.  If -regexp or  -glob
              is specified, it interprets each item in the items list as a regexp or glob pattern
              to match against.

       less   Aliased to edit.

       ls     Aliased to dir -full.

       more   Aliased to edit.

       observe type ?args?
              This command provides passive runtime debugging output for variables and  commands.
              See observe(3tk) for details.

       puts (same options as always)
              Redefined to put the output into TkCon.

       tkcon method ?args?
              Multi-purpose command.  See tkcon(3tk) for details.

       tclindex  ?-extensions patternlist? ?-index TCL_BOOLEAN? ?-package TCL_BOOLEAN? ?dir1 dir2
              Convenience proc to update the "tclIndex"  (controlled  by  -index  switch)  and/or
              "pkgIndex.tcl"  (controlled by -package switch) file in the named directories based
              on the given pattern for files.  It defaults to creating the "tclIndex" but not the
              "pkgIndex.tcl"  file,  with  the  directory  defaulting  to  [pwd].   The extension
              defaults to *.tcl, with *.[info sharelibextension] added when -package is true.

       unalias cmd
              unaliases command.

       what string
              The what command will identify the word given in string in the Tcl environment  and
              return  a  list  of  types  that  it was recognized as.  Possible types are: alias,
              procedure, command, array variable, scalar variable, directory, file,  widget,  and
              executable.  Used by procedures dump and which.

       which command
              Like  the  which command of Unix shells, this will tell you if a particular command
              is known, and if so, whether it is internal or external to the interpreter.  If  it
              is  an  internal command and there is a slot in auto_index for it, it tells you the
              file that auto_index would load.  This does not necessarily mean that that is where
              the  file came from, but if it were not in the interpreter previously, then that is
              where the command was found.

       There are several procedures that I use as helpers that some may  find  helpful  in  there
       coding  (i.e.  expanding  pathnames).  Feel free to lift them from the code (but do assign
       proper attribution).


       Some examples of tkcon command line startup situations:

              megawish /usr/bin/tkcon -exec "" -root .tkcon mainfile.tcl

       Use tkcon as a console for your megawish application.  You can  avoid  starting  the  line
       with  megawish  if  that is the default wish that TkCon would use.  The -root ensures that
       tkcon will not conflict with the application root window.

              tkcon -font "Courier 12" -load Tk

       Use the courier font for TkCon and always load Tk in slave interpreters at startup.

              tkcon -rcfile ~/.wishrc -color-bg white

       Use the ~/.wishrc file as the resource file, and  a  white  background  for  TkCon's  text


       TkCon  will  search  for  a  resource  file  in  "~/.tkconrc".   TkCon  never  sources the
       "~/.wishrc" file.  The resource file is sourced by each new instance of the  console.   An
       example resource file is provided in tkconrc(5).


       dump(3tk), idebug(3tk), observe(3tk), text(3tk), tkcon(3tk), tkconrc(5)


       Tk, console


       Copyright (c) Jeffrey Hobbs (jeff at