[Pkg-tcltk-devel] Mission Impossible

Francesco P. Lovergine frankie at debian.org
Sat Feb 20 15:13:25 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 03:54:40PM +0300, Sergei Golovan wrote:
> >
> > Gcc maintainers should also do their best to remove the expect 8.3 dependency problem
> > which is unacceptable. The 8.3 version is old and unmaintained, there is no
> > justification to still use it. If the testing suite has problems with 8.4+ they
> > have to be solved (hppa? what's the issue? has anyone analyzed it?)
> Unfortunately, there're still bug which prevent using threaded expect
> on hppa. (http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.ports.parisc/2478) It
> isn't fixed yet. So, I don't think we can drop Tcl/Tk 8.3 now. May be
> we
> can switch Tcl/Tk 8.4 to non-threaded build and add expect-tcl8.4?

Well, at least it would break AOLserver which requires a non-threaded edition.
Note that it requires a thereaded lib at building time, it does not use
the Tcl interpreter per se as such.

I would suggest a double build with a thread and a non-threaded edition for 8.4,
but that would be equally ugly. But, at least 8.4 is still supported...

Francesco P. Lovergine

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