"packForget makes it look like the widget disappears. The widget is not destroyed, but it is no longer managed by pack. The widget is removed from the packing order, so if it were repacked later, it would appear at the end of the packing order."
Yes, but you are missing the point as to how to use packForget. The widgets are NOT destroyed, that is true, but what you want to do is reconfigure your widgets in the withdrawn state, then reuse the same widget. Destroying and creating/destroying alot of widgets MAY give your program what looks like a memory leak, as widgets with positive ref counts, don't get destroyed. Its an often discussed problem. So reuse your widgets. The widgets are unmapped with packForget, then you use configure on them to reconfigure them with new data, then repack them. Widgets can be reused/recycled.