ifm man page

IFM — Interactive Fiction Mapper

Synopsis

ifm [options] [file...]

Description

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. Detailed documentation on how to use IFM can be found in the 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 <fmt>
Select output format
-o, -output <file>
Write output to file

Auxiliary options

-S, -style (name)
Push a style onto the style list
-s, -set (var=val)
Set a customization variable
-w, -nowarn
Don't print warnings
-noinit
Don't read personal init file

Preprocessor options

-D (var[=val])
Define a preprocessor symbol
-I (dir)
Prepend directory to search path
-P
Just preprocess input

Information options

-show <type>
Show information
-v, -version
Print program version
-h, -help
This help message

Output formats (may be abbreviated)

ps
PostScript
fig
Fig drawing commands
text
Nicely-formatted ASCII text
rec
Recording of game commands
dot
Graph of task dependencies
raw
Raw ASCII text fields
tk
Tcl/Tk program commands (tkifm)

Show options (may be abbreviated)

maps
Show map sections
vars
Show defined variables
path
Show file search path

Environment

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

Files

$HOME/.ifmrc
User resource file (ifm.ini on Windoze).

See Also

/usr/share/doc/ifm-5.1/ifm
Online documentation
/usr/share/doc/ifm-5.1/ifm.pdf
Documentation suitable for printing

Info

November 2004 IFM version 5.1 User Commands