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       tf - TinyFugue, a MUD client

       tf [-ffile] [-lnq] [world]
       tf [-ffile] host port

       TinyFugue  (also  known	as  "Fugue"  or  "TF")	is a line-based client
       designed for connecting to MUD  servers	(note:	LP,  DIKU,  and  other
       servers which use prompts require "/lp on"; see /help prompts).

       Most  of  the  TF  documentation is in the help file, which may be read
       online with the "/help" command.  This manual page may be  obsolete  in
       certain areas; however, the helpfile will always be up to date.

       TinyFugue  is  larger than most MUD clients, but has many more features
       and is much more flexible.  The goal is to provide the most functional
       ity in a client that still maintains the user-friendliness of Tinytalk.
       Clients with extension languages such as Tcltt or VaporTalk  can  do  a
       little  more  in  certain areas, but are considerably harder to use and
       learn.  TF provides most of these  abilities  in  such  a  manner  that
       learning to use any one function is relatively easy.

       Because	I am continually adding new features and changing the code, TF
       sometimes becomes less  stable  in  a  new  release.   Versions	labled
       "alpha"	are  generally	not as well tested as "beta" versions, so they
       have the potential for more bugs.  For this reason, I leave some  older
       versions  at the ftp site where I distribute TF (ftp.tcp.com), which do
       not have all the current features but may have fewer bugs than the most
       recent release.

       With no arguments, TF will try to connect to the first world defined in
       the configuration file(s).

       With a world argument, TF will try to connect to world, as  defined  in
       the configuration file.	If world is omitted, it will try to connect to
       the first world defined in your configuration files.

       With host and port arguments, TF will define a temporary world and  try
       to connect to it.  The host may be an IP number or regular name format.


       -ffile Load file instead of $HOME/.tfrc at startup.

       -f     Do not load any personal configuration file.  The  library  will
	      still be loaded.

       -l     Disable automatic login.

       -n     Do not connect to any world at startup.

       -q     Quiet login (overrides %{quiet} flag).

       Among other things, TF allows you to:

       Divide  the  screen into two parts, for input and output, with flexible
       handling of input (/visual mode).

       Connect to multiple worlds and switch between them.

       Wrap MUD output at the edge of the screen.

       Edit text in the input buffer.

       Recall previous commands.

       Modify key sequences used to perform editing functions.

       Bind commands to key sequences.

       Define complex macros to perform MUD tasks easily.

       Create triggers which automatically perform certain tasks when  certain
       output is received from the MUD.

       Modify  existing  macros  using	either a command format or interactive

       Support "portals" that automatically switch from world to world.

       Hilite or color all or part of a line that matches a certain pattern.

       Gag lines that match certain patterns.

       Suppress frequently repeated text ("spamming").

       Automatically log into a character on a world.

       Send a text file to the MUD in flexible ways, or echo it locally.

       Send the output of a system command to the MUD, or echo it locally.

       Send text previously received from the MUD  to  the  MUD,  or  echo  it

       Repeat a MUD or TF command a number of times.

       Do the above four things at varying intervals, or at a rapid-fire rate.

       Log a session to a file.

       Separate LP and Diku style prompts from normal output.

       Page output using a --More-- prompt.

       Recall previously received text.

       Support for Mud Client Compression Protocol versions 1 and 2.

       TF will attempt to read two files when starting.  The first is a public
       configuration  file  "stdlib.tf",  located  in  TFLIBDIR.   TFLIBDIR is
       defined when TF is installed, and is  often  /usr/local/lib/tf.lib,  or
       under  the home directory of the installer.  This library contains many
       macros and definitions essential to the correct operation of TF.

       Next, TF  will  attempt	to  read  your	personal  configuration  file,
       $HOME/.tfrc,  in  which	you  can put any TF commands you want executed
       automatically at startup.  Two of the most useful commands to use in  a
       TF configuration file are /addworld and /load.

       For  backward compatability, TF will also try to read the TinyTalk con
       figuration file.  Its name  defautls  to  $HOME/.tinytalk,  or  can  be
       defined by the TINYTALK environment variable.  This file may start with
       a list of worlds that will be defined as if with /addworld.

       Anton Rang (Tarrant) in February of 1990 released Tinytalk,  the  first
       Tinyclient  with  any  great number of features, including hiliting and
       suppression of text, simple triggers, and separating input  and	output
       on  the screen.	Leo Plotkin (Grod) made rather extensive modifications
       to Tinytalk to produce Tinywar, which was  plagued  with  some  serious
       bugs  and  was  never  officially released (the phrase "Tinywar doesnt
       exist" is often quoted), and is now an unsupported  client.   TF  began
       when  Greg  Hudson  (Explorer_Bob)  merged  many of the new features of
       Tinywar back into TinyTalk, and added many new  features  of  his  own,
       most notably the split screen.  Some of the code in Gregs releases was
       contributed by Leo Plotkin.  After Greg moved on to VaporTalk, Ken Keys
       (Hawkeye) took over design and maintenance of TF in July 1991, and con
       tinues to make improvements in features and performance.

       The code size of TF has surpassed 300K (unstripped),  and  is  signifi
       gantly larger than Tinytalk.  It is, in fact, more than three times the
       size of a number of existing servers.  As of version  3.0,  it  has  66
       builtin	commands and 57 library commands, each documented in the help

       It has been stated that TF is the most-used client  in  MUDdom  at  the
       current time.  I havent taken a poll, but I wouldnt be surprised.

       TF  has significantly changed the tinyclient world.  It has a number of
       merits and a number  of	flaws,	and  has  frequently  been  criticized
       (mostly	out  of  boredom; nobody takes this business too seriously) as
       having too many features and being too damn big.

	    "Tinywar doesnt exist; TinyFugue merely shouldnt."	-- Coined by
       Woodlock, I believe.

	    "TinyFugue	is  a work of art."  -- Binder, obviously after having
       too much to drink.

	    "TinyFugue is the biggest hack since the  platform	it  was  built
       on."  -- Explorer_Bob, in one of his lucid moments.

       The  New  York  Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington
       Post all refused to comment.

       Copyright (C) 1993, 1994 Ken Keys

       TinyFugue (aka "tf") is protected under the terms of  the  GNU  General
       Public License.	See the file "COPYING" for details.

       TF  is  currently supported by Ken Keys, who may be contacted by e-mail
       at kkeys@ucsd.edu or hawkeye@tcp.com.

       VERSION 3.2

       /rand has been replaced with rand().  Color names can no longer be user
       defined (but color codes still can).  The "=" operator does comparison,
       not assignment.

       VERSION 3.1

       Added type argument to WORLD and LOGIN hooks.

       VERSION 3.0

       Backslashes in macros are interpreted slightly differently than in pre
       vious  versions.   Turning  on the "backslash" flag will enable the old

       VERSION 2.1

       The CONNECT hook is now called before the LOGIN hook.  In 2.0,  CONNECT
       was called after autologin.

       VERSION 2.0

       In  versions  prior  to	2.0,  was used to scroll the pager; 2.0
       uses  as the default, to allow the pager to be nonblocking.

       Tinytalk style name gags and hilites are no longer supported.  You must
       use the * wildcard explicitly, as in /hilite hawkeye*.

       Tinytalk  style page and whisper hilites are no longer supported.  How
       ever, /hilite_page and  /hilite_whisper	macros	are  provided  in  the
       default macro library.

       The  .tinytalk  file  may  not  be  supported  in the future; use .tfrc

       The - command line option in versions prior to 2.0 is no longer	sup
       ported, and has been replaced with -l.

       When  unterbamfing,  the  old connection should not be closed until the
       new connection succeeds.

       If a shell quote (/quote !) reads a partial line  from  the  pipe,  the
       read will block until the rest of the line is read.

       The  Surgeon  General has determined that MUDding can be detrimental to
       your GPA.

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