[tex-live] problems with tlmgr --gui in Mac OS X

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 13:25:26 CEST 2008

On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM, Mojca Miklavec
<mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 9:15 PM, George N. White III wrote:
>> On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 3:40 PM, Artemio Gonzalez Lopez wrote:
>>> "tlmgr --gui update" (or any other action, for that matter) makes perl
>>> crash  with a bus error in Mac OS X 10.5.4 (on my 3.06 GHz iMac, running the
>>> TeXLive 2008-07-18 distribution updated via rsync); see the crash report
>>> below for more details. FWIW, the perl/tk distribution I'm using was
>>> installed via MacPorts (it's the p5-tk package).
>> I also get a bus error from "tlmgr --gui" on OS X 10.5.4 using perl5 from
>> macports, but have not had time to investigate.   I did, however, see some
>> failed tests with p5-tk, and the crash report also points to Tk, so when
>> I do get time I want to run the Perl::Tk tests again.   It may be some
>> small comfort to know that your pain is shared by others.
> I still have OS X 10.4 and Perl/Tk (and consequently TL installer)
> works here, though it was a pain installing it. (I had to install X11,
> which already comes with 10.5, and I forgot what I did to install
> other perl bindings, but I probably did it with fink, by manually
> running some CPAN installs and with some other tricks to make external
> libraries work.)

I didn't find X11 hard to install, but there is some bad information
posted on the net.  Our mission critical apps use X11.

Fink hasn't been keeping up with 10.5, so I use macports, but p5-tk failed
some tests during build, so it is no surprise that has some problems.

> I suspect that there's a problem with your system (not implying that
> it's your fault, just a slightly broken package)
> Try if this hello world works. If it crashes, you need to blame your
> installation, but I have no idea where to start looking for the fault.
> If it doesn't ... well ... then I'm even more confused.

Well, I don't have Tk installed for the /usr/bin/perl, so your script
gives: "Can't locate Tk.pm ...", while /usr/bin/env perl gives the
"bus error".   Unfortunately, I have much worse problems atm --
the NFS mounts are down, the new Mac Pro won't talk to the network
at all; it may be a while before I can look into this in more detail.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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