Re: TclX package again
Note: I'm copying this to debian-devel to get feedback on my response
to Philippe's question #3. If you do respond, please include a direct
response to me in addition to the list. I was inadvertantly dropped
from debian-devel three weeks ago and no amount of trying on my or
Bruce's parts has been able to get me back on the list.
Philippe Troin writes:
> 1) When compiling (make -f debian.rules) Tcl (needed to build tclX,
> what a shame that you need the tcl/tk source tree), I have errors
> in tclPosixStr.c about a case having same value (EDEADLOCK and
> EDEADLK are both defined and have the same value). Fixed by adding
> an #if EDEADLOCK != EDEADLK.
> Did you recompile it lately ?
I'm aware of the problem, but haven't had time to fix it yet.
> 2) I've tried to 'make test' in both tcl7.5 and tk4.1 source trees,
> both failed. Shouldn't we report this to the Tcl/Tk maintainers
> and/or try to fix it ? This works perfectly on other systems (tried
What do you mean by failed? If you mean some individual tests fail,
then that is expected. I believe all of the Tk failures are due to
non-portable tests. I have not had time to look into the Tcl
fileevent failures yet, but I suspect they are either due to
non-portable tests also or libc bugs.
> 3) I think I should have tclX be the same (regarding package
> management) and tcl and tk. ie, I will have tclX74 and tclX75, both
> incompatible with tclX. tclX74-dev and tcl75-dev being mutually
> exclusive too... What do you think about it ?
I agree, for now. One change I'm considering is to give each major
Tcl version it's own include directory (e.g. /usr/include/tcl7.4,
/usr/include/tcl7.5). This would make it easier to have multiple
development packages installed simultaneously. The limitation of only
having one installed at a time is quickly becoming a problem because
of the way Tcl/Tk-based packages are tied to a specific version of
Tcl/Tk. What do you think?
> 4) I plan having a separate tclX7-doc package for the help
> system (/usr/lib/tclX/7.*/help and /usr/bin/tclhelp). What's your
> opinion on that one ?
I've considered doing something like this with the section 3 manual
pages for Tcl/Tk. The reason I hadn't done it yet is that I didn't
want to create yet another package unless I really needed to or
someone else wanted it.
> 5) I haven't had time yet to look after the other platform stuff.
> Last time you told me to remove any hard-coded "i386" for the
> debian support. I assume you're talking about the debian.* file,s
> right ?
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