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Version: 261281 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


tesd - Tool for Entity relationShip Diagrams


tesd [options] [document]


tesd is an X11/Motif based graphical editor for drawing entity-relationship diagrams in an UML-like notation. Documents can be loaded from and stored to a file. It can print documents to a PostScript printer or save as PostScript to a file. TESD is the successor of TERD (see terd(1)).

tesd is part of The Toolkit for Conceptual Modeling (TCM).


You can call tesd with a single document name as argument. If this argument is an existing file then tesd tries to load a document from it. If it does not exist, a new document is created with the argument as document name. tesd files should have suffix '*.ssd'.

Without a document argument, tesd creates a new empty ER diagram with the name 'untitled.esd'.

In addition to the standard X11 toolkit options (see X11(7)), tesd accepts the options listed below:

-drawing widthxheight
Create a drawing area of width pixels wide and height pixels high.
Write all available options to standard output and quit.
-maxdrawing widthxheight
The drawing area can not be larger than width pixels wide and height pixels high.
Start the editor with a private colormap.
-projdir directory
Set the project directory (current working directory) to directory.
-toPS []
Generate PostScript (to or stdout when no file name was given) and quit.
-toEPS [file.eps]
Generate EPS (to file.eps or stdout when no file name was given) and quit.
-toFig [file.fig] [-latex]
Generate Fig format (to file.fig or stdout when no file name was given and quit. When the -latex option is given, LaTeX fonts are generated, otherwise normal PostScript fonts are generated. The Fig format can be read by xfig(1) and fig2dev(1).
-toPNG file.png
Generate PNG format to file.png and quit.
-toPS []
Generate PostScript (to or stdout when no file name was given) and quit.
Write the TCM version to standard output and quit.


The TCM_HOME environment variable should be the directory where the TCM files are installed.
Should include $TCM_HOME/bin
Should include $TCM_HOME/man
Name of the default printer that is used by tesd.
Should include $TCM_HOME/lib when the distribution contains shared object libraries in $TCM_HOME/lib.


The following relative files are relative to $TCM_HOME.
the entity-relationship diagram editor.
a program to filter PostScript output.
PostScript banner page that can be used when the printer does not print a banner page.
The help directory contains a collection of text files for the on-line help.
X Resources (the same as the ones that are built-in). You can customize the fonts and colors by setting resources in your X defaults database. Each string of the form ``TCM.resource:definition'' sets a resource.
Pseudo random temporary file, for PostScript output.
TCM editor configuration file. This file contains values for some of the editor defaults like the page size, the default fonts etc. This file is read by each editor upon startup.
Each user of TCM can override some of the options of tcm.conf by its own configuration file, installed in $HOME/.tcmrc.


Frank Dehne, Roel Wieringa and Henk van de Zandschulp -- TCM (Toolkit for Conceptual Modeling), User's Guide and Reference. This document is available as PostScript and HTML in $TCM_HOME/doc or as HTML via the URL

tcm(1), X11(7), xfig(1), fig2dev(1), terd(1)


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