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Help file for TCX, version 1(5)
TCX is a RUNOFF-related utility program that is used to help generate a
To generate input for TCX specify the /BIX switch on the RUNOFF command
line. See the description of the /BIX switch that is supplied with the
In order to use this version of TCX, you need the new RUNOFF, version
1(22) or newer. Other runoffs cannot generate the input needed by TCX.
Use the /BIX switch of RUNOFF to generate a binary index for your
document. Then run TCX. When TCX requests the name of your input file,
respond with the name of your .BIX file. TCX assumes a file type of
.BIX, unless you specify otherwise. Output is always written to a file
of type .RNX.
For example, suppose you said
Then the binary index file is called ABC.BIX. When TCX asks for the
name of your input specify either just ABC (in which case TCX assumes
.BIX) or you can specify .BIX in addition. TCX will create a file
3.0 CREATING A MASTER INDEX
TCX allows you to segment your document, RUNOFF each section separately,
and then generate a master index later. To do this, generate the .BIX
files as usual. Then append the binary index files together in the same
order in which you would arrange the segments of your document. Then
proceed as if you had just a single .BIX file to process.
3.1 Output Processing
TCX generates a file with file type .RNX which is to be processed by
RUNOFF. You can
1. Process the .RNX file just like an ordinary .RNO file, in which
case RUNOFF generates a .MEX file, or
2. Use the .REQUIRE command (e.g., .REQUIRE "ABC.RNX") to include
the index in your document.
This version of TCX does not have a "standard" command line. Further,
there are no command line switches. And you cannot override the name or
type of the output file generated.
The .RNX file generated includes a .PAGE SIZE 58,70 command. Further,
it makes sure that certain RUNOFF flag characters are set. And it
enables recognition of certain flags. See a generated .RNX file if you
are concerned about what effects it may have on your document.
Like the new RUNOFF, TCX generates a temporary file with the name
6.0 GUARANTEES AND CAVEATS
It is guaranteed that a working version of TCX will be supplied with all
future versions of the new RUNOFF.
It is not guaranteed that this particular version of TCX will work with
later versions of the new RUNOFF.
For each system on which the new RUNOFF is supported, a copy of TCX will
Eventually the source code for TCX will be supplied. The source code
will serve as a model showing how to generate a two-column index.
Bugs in TCX will be fixed. But they will be fixed "as convenient" and
depending on their severity.
Requests for enhancements to TCX will be evaluated; but there is no
guarantee that any enhancements will be made.
7.0 MESSAGES AND HINTS
TCX contains few error messages. All I/O error messages cause TCX to
terminate. In addition, the message 'CONFUSED' is output if TCX doesn't
like the looks of your BIX file. On TOPS-10, you will almost certainly
get the 'CONFUSED' message if you don't use the /B switch of PIP when
you append a bunch of files together to generate a master index.
In addition, if an entry in the first column of your index is too wide
for the first column, you will get an error message.
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