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

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 13:37:22 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 1:25 PM, George N. White III wrote:
> 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

It hasn't been keeping up with anything at all, not only 10.5. The
fact that it still only provides tetex (no intentions to provide
texlive at all), and that it forces you to install tetex if you want
to install gnuplot (after asking you to put its path in front of
anything else).

I'll indeed just remove it one day. macports seems to be much better
in that respect.

> 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 ...",

Sorry, it should have been /usr/bin/env, I just copy-pasted.

> while /usr/bin/env perl gives the "bus error".

So the problem is in Perl/Tk, not in TeX Live.


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