I'd like to release TkMan 2.0 (now licensed free for any use) soon
after the imminent release Tcl/Tk 8.0 final. As reflected by the only
major version change TkMan's four years of existence, this version has
significant new features. Some features require more involved
installation, and the potential for interference across features and
flavors of UNIX is greater. I would be grateful if you would try the
final beta version, 2.0b6 (itself quite different from b5), and report
any problems, both errors and any slow operations (everything is
reasonably quick on my Sparc Ultra), but especially any usability
issues for the general user with the new user interface. Thanks!
The FINAL BETA TEST version of major new version of TkMan, a graphical,
hypertext manual page browser, is now available for anonymous ftp at
You also need the latest PolyglotMan (nee RosettaMan), a manual page filter:
TkMan also requires Tcl/Tk 8.0, which are available on ftp.smli.com in
the /pub/tcl directory, and a patch, included with TkMan, for
Among the NEW features in fast and funky version 2.0 are:
* Outlining user interface, with NoteMarks (optional)
* high quality GNU Texinfo file reader (optional)
* Show page version differences, if RCS archive exists
* Database kept in memory. Startup takes about EIGHT SECONDS;
searches and volume displays are faster.
Users of previous versions can delete the ~/.tkmandatabase* file.
* Man page name completion
* Highlights follow man page as file moved/update with new release of software
Optionally, highlights can remain visible in otherwise collapsed outlines
to serve as "in-place bookmarks"
* Helper script "retkman" that can be used to restart TkMan after
changes to the MANPATH in a shell, either manually or as a side effect
of a modules management system.
* Takes advantage of Tcl/Tk 8.0
* New software license that makes it free for any use