[Python-Dev] Upgrading tcl/tk deps

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Apr 10 01:41:58 CEST 2012

On 4/9/2012 5:49 PM, martin at v.loewis.de wrote:
> Zitat von Brian Curtin <brian at python.org>:
>> Can someone let me in on the process to upgrade tcl and tk on
>> svn.python.org? For the VS2010 port it looks like I need to upgrade
>> since the 8.5.9 versions do not work. They use link options that choke
>> on 2010. Taking 8.5.11, which is the current release, seems to work
>> out alright so far.
>> It seems as easy as downloading the tarball and checking that in. Am I
>> missing any official process here?
> Yes. There is a set of changes that you need to preserve. Tk *never*
> works with any recent VC compilers, so even if you use a new version, you
> still likely have to adjust the sources and the build process. Also, make
> sure Tix works.
> So there are two options:
> a) adjust the existing sources to work with the new compiler. To do so,
> modify tk-8.5.9.x (or whatever we currently use), then tag your
> modifications
> as tk-8.5.9.<next> (would be .1 AFAICT), then update Tools/buildbot and
> PCbuild/readme.txt to refer to these.
> b) import new sources into tk-8.X.Y.x, then go through the changes in
> tk-8.5.9.x,
> and port over what is still needed. Again, tag your imported tree so that
> the Python tree refers to the tag, allowing for modifications to Tk
> should they be necessary.
> Switching to the most recent Tk release is a good idea, anyway, so b) is
> preferred.

In particular, it should include a recent fix so that French keyboards 
work with tk/tkinter and hence Idle better than now. There has been more 
than one complaint about this.

Terry Jan Reedy

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