[Pkg-tcltk-devel] tkBLT published on sourceforge
sgolovan at nes.ru
Thu Sep 24 07:54:45 UTC 2015
On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM, Ole Streicher <olebole at debian.org> wrote:
> Hi all (especially Sergei),
> one of my Tcl/Tk packages (saods9) is originally shipped with its own
> version of BLT. For Debian, I replaced this version with the Debian
> provided one.
> However, the official Debian version is IMO not in a good shape; for
> tcl/tk 8.6 it had to be patched manually, and I am not sure whether any
> maintenance is done upstream.
True, there's no any maintenance upstream, and even if the blt package
works fairly well with tk8.6 it'd certainly be better to switch to actually
> I discussed the stuff with the saods9 upstream author (William Joye),
> and finally he decided to publish his BLT version on sourceforge:
> He spent an enormous amount of time into porting to 8.6 (and later, he
> claims), and the version supports MacOS and Windows as well without OS
> specific code. It also has some extensions, which are used in saods9
> (tick properties, error bars). And, most important, he will probably
> maintain tkblt as long as saods9 is alive. Since DS9 is one of the
> standard tools in astronomy, this may be quite long...
Good to know that.
> My question is now how we shall handle this: It is probably worth to
> package tkblt (easy, since it is TEA compatible). Shall we then keep
> both BLT and tkblt packages or try to migrate to the latter? And who
> shall package and maintain it? I could package it; however my Tcl/Tk
> experience is limited to mainly patching saods9, and I feel
> uncomfortable to support the other reverse dependencies of BLT.
I'll look into tkblt and see if it can be used as a replacement for the current
blt package. There aren't too many reverse dependencies, it's just python-tk
which bothers me a bit. I think that if tkblt can replace the current blt then
I'll maintain it in Debian. Thank you for pointing me!
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