Treecle FAQ


“Tell us a story!” said the March Hare.
“Yes,  please do!” pleaded Alice.
“And be quick about it,” added the Hatter, “or you will be asleep again before it’s done.”
“Once upon a time their were three little sisters,” the Dormouse began in a great hurry; “and their names were Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well -”
“What did they live on?”said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking.
“They lived on treacle,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.
“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked. “They’d have been ill.”
“So they were,” said the Dormouse; “very ill.”
Alice tried to fancy to herself what such an extraordinary way of living would be like, but it puzzled her too much: so she went on: “But why did they live at the bottom of a well?”
“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone: “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,”, said Alice.
“Who’s making personal remarks now?” the Hatter asked triumphantly.
Alice did not quite know what to say to this: so she helped herself to some and bread-and-butter, and then turned to the Dormouse, and repeated her question. “Why did they live at the bottom of a well?”
The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and then said “It was a treacle well.”
“There is no such thing,” Alice was beginning very angrily, but the Hatter and the March Hare went “Sh! Sh!” and the Dormouse sulkily remarked, “If you can’t be civil,you’d better finish the story for yourself.”

– from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Well, this is not the same story, and it’s not finished either.
But thats life.


This is the FAQ. The download page for Linux binaries is here. Windows binaries are available from here.

What is Treecle?

Treecle stands for “A Tree like Collection of Linked Elements” .  It is program for creating, managing and maintaining hierarchical data.  Treecle creates and manages user-defined, custom-built trees.

See the example file in the source tarball.

While there is no guarantee that the version number will be incremented, there is every probability of it increasing in the future as and when I get the time, and/or if enough people ask.

What can it do, in its present form?

Treecle creates and manages user-defined, custom-built trees.

What are they, exactly?

Well, consider your company. If it is a typical company, it will have a tree-like employee structure. One CEO or President, a few senior management officers (call them Regional managers, Vice-Presidents, or whatever),  some more lower-level would-be managers, etc., and then all the way down the heirarchy to office staff and factory workers. This structure can be represented by a tree. The same company can be also classified as having various working level branch offices, divisions or departments, then regional offices, all the way up to one head office

Consider the product catalogue of your company. This is also a tree. Different products, various models for each product, options, accessories, etc.

Consider your collection of books (or objets d’art, or anything else). A typical collection can be classified into various categories and further into subcategories.  This is also  a tree.

Consider something as mundane as your telephone list. It can also arranged into a tree – with main categories like friends, enemies, colleagues, clients, suppliers, etc. The subcategories are also obvious.

If you are in the habit of keeping  notes on various subjects and topics, or wish to keep any kind of data in an orderly manner Treecle can create, maintain, and keep it accessible.

The idea is to organize the data into categories, then create the categories in the form of a tree whose branches and leaves mirror the organization. The various items in each category are then entered. The tree can be saved, retrieved, modified.

Obviously, the user interface is in the form of a Tree. A click on a branch opens or closes it. Branches can be assigned titles, and the data can be searched for as words or phrases.

You must have seen and used graphical interfaces for the RPM database, such as gnorpm, kpackage, or xrpm. The left side of each of these programs displays a tree, and the right side the corresponding data. The KDE file manager konquerer is another example. Former MS-Windows users would also be familiar with the Explorer interface, but we will not go further into that…

Treecle is similar, except that the tree is created by you, according to your classification of the data it is supposed to manage.

How do I use it?
The  program presents you with a main menu, a toolbar, a category window on the left, a data editor window on the right and a status bar on the bottom. Simple, no?  The program window can be resized, and the border between the category and data windows can be dragged left or right with the mouse. There is a PDF file explaining how to use the program in the source and binary archives.

What do I need to compile it?

It’s not yet already compiled?
Read the README file in the source tarball.

But I don’t want to compile it.

Pre-compiled 32-bit and 64-bit binaries are available from the same page as the source code.

Where is it available?

Click this link to go to the download page.

What is the copying policy?

This program is copyright, (C), Kartik Patel.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

Last updated: 8 November 2014
Copyright (c) Kartik Patel, letapk AT gmail DOT com