bytecode dissasembly and/or examination

As the man page for tclvars mentions, one can examine TBC by generation of Tcl with TCL_COMPILE_DEBUG, followed by execution in a run-time context with at least one of tcl_traceCompile and tcl_traceExec non-zero.

DKF provides a different formula, relying on --enable-symbols=compile, in this [1 ] comp.lang.tcl posting.

Tcl 8.5 now has the tcl::unsupported::disassemble command, which is available in even non-symbols builds of Tcl and which generates output in a much more useful way (i.e. as a Tcl result, not by printing directly to C stdout).

Tcl 8.6.3 now has the tcl::unsupported::getbytecode command, which is designed to be much easier for scripts to work with. It's output is only technically human-readable, being a large dictionary…