[Tkinter-discuss] Running Python 2.5 with Aqua Tcl/Tk 8.5.0

Russell E. Owen rowen at cesmail.net
Thu Dec 27 06:20:04 CET 2007

If you would like to run Python 2.5 with Tcl/Tk 8.5.0...

Kevin Waltzer was kind enough to send me a copy of his _tkinter.so and 
gave me permission to serve it. I just put it up here:
along with brief installation instructions. This saves the trouble of 
rebuilding Python to work with Tcl/Tk 8.5 and makes it fairly easy to 
switch back and forth.

I have an application that makes very heavy use of Tcl/Tk. I have not 
tested it extensively yet but so far it seems to work just fine. I have 
found only two issues:
*  The index method of the Text widget returns a Tcl object instead of a 
string. That meant I had to change one line in my code to put str() 
around the value. Not bad!
* The vertical spacing between widgets has grown a bit so my windows are 

However, people on MacOS X 10.5 may see repeated error messages about 
threading in your log file. This seems to be a known issue but I am not 
aware of a solution (though it is possible that rebuilding Tcl/Tk with 
threading disabled would resolve it). Kevin and others can say more 
about this than I can -- I'm still on 10.4.

-- Russell

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