ifm - Man Page

Interactive Fiction Mapper


ifm [options] [file...]


IFM is a program for keeping track of your progress through an Interactive Fiction game.  You can record each room you visit and its relation to other rooms, the initial locations of useful items you find, and the tasks you need to perform in order to solve the game.

The IFM mapping commands are designed so that you can easily add to the map as you explore the game.  You type in the rooms you visit and the directions you move in to reach other rooms, and IFM calculates the position of each room relative to the others.  A map can consist of several independent sections, allowing you to divide up the map however you like.

The IFM task commands, if used, allow you to specify the order in which game-solving tasks must be done.  The IFM program can then calculate and print different styles of walkthrough for the game.

IFM can write hardcopy maps directly to PostScript, suitable for printing or viewing.  It can also write maps in Fig format, which can be viewed and edited using Xfig, or converted into many other formats.

This man page just presents a summary of the command-line options.  Online documentation on how to use IFM can be found in the See Also section.

Output options

-m,  -map[=sections]

Select map output

-i,  -items

Select item output

-t,  -tasks

Select task output

-f,  -format <name>

Select output format

-o,  -output <file>

Write output to specified file

Auxiliary options

-I (dir)

Prepend directory to search path

-S,  -style (name)

Push a style onto the style list

-s,  -set (var=val)

Set a customization variable


Don't read personal init file

-w,  -nowarn

Don't print warnings

-e,  -errors <num>

Max errors before giving up (default: 10)

Information options

-show <type>

Show information

-v,  -version

Print program version

-h,  -help

This help message

Output formats (may be abbreviated)




Fig drawing commands


Nicely-formatted ASCII text


Recording of game commands


Graph of task dependencies


Raw ASCII text fields


Tcl/Tk program commands (tkifm)

Show options (may be abbreviated)


Show map sections


Show defined variables


Show file search path



Colon-separated list of extra directories to search for include files.



User resource file.


Alternate resource filename (Windows-style).

See Also

xfig(1), fig2dev(1), dot(1)


IFM manual


November 2008 IFM version 5.3