[issue14827] IDLE crash when typing ^ character on Mac OS X

Ronald Oussoren report at bugs.python.org
Wed May 16 14:23:43 CEST 2012

Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> added the comment:

Yes. As the webpage I mentioned describes Apple's installation of Tcl/Tk contains a number of serious bugs, one of which is that Tk's handling of dead keys (the "^" you use write "û") causes crashes.

To get a fully functional copy of Idle you'll have to install ActiveState's Tcl/Tk as well. 

We could ship a copy of Tk in the installer as well, but have chosen not to do that because the installer is large enough as it is. Furthermore the Cocoa port of Tcl/Tk is at this time still a moving target,  which means that we couldn't even ship the same version of Tcl/Tk for the entire lifetime of Python 3.2.x.

Please let us know if installing ActiveState's Tcl/Tk fixes the crash, I expect it will but you might have run into yet another Tk bug.


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