[tex-live] minor issues with installer

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Thu Jul 31 16:59:39 CEST 2008

Hi Mojca,

On Do, 31 Jul 2008, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> I first tried to use ./tl-portable (from SVN repository) and run
>     texexec somefile

Cannot comment on that, Siep is the master of tl-portable.

> OK, so I thought I would reinstall TL from SVN.

Reinstallation from svn is currently broken, I am updating the tlpdb now
and commit it in a few minutes. Then it should work again.

> Can't call method "depends" on an undefined value at ./install-tl line
> 620, <TMP> line 103757.

That is the bug I was talking about. I also made some changes to the
installer so that it continues over missing packages ...

> > ./install-tl -gui
> Platform: universal-darwin => 'universal binaries for MacOSX/Darwin'
> Distribution: net  (downloading)
> Using URL: http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/publishing/tex/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/tldev
> Directory for temporary files: '/tmp'
> Installer directory: '.'
> Loading http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/publishing/tex/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/tldev/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb
> couldn't connect to display ":0" at
> /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/Tk/MainWindow.pm line
> 55.
> Tk::MainWindow->new() at tlpkg/installer/install-menu-perltk.pl line 233

That is strange. THe installer *tests* whether it can load the Tk
modules. I would have expected that loading the Tk module will break
when there is no X running, but of course that is wrong. 

> OK, it's my fault, but can someone maybe add a note "you need to run
> X11 in order to be able to use x11"? (Minor, unimportant issue, but it
> would be nice to document it somewhere.)

All these errors are not from us, but from the Tk library. I don't know
if I can catch them ... or better, I know, but I don't want to do that
now, too late. Maybe I send you a test installer ...

> Surprise, surprise! It works, but I get approximately 800 x 100
> window. I didn't really measure it, but it used to work before Taco
> started complaining about too big size. Norbert?

800x100?? Darwin is *really* strange. It is currently working on win32
and unix, so why the hell is Darwin again different. At the end it is X.
Maybe just Tk is hosed on Darwin?

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>        Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org>                         Debian TeX Group
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