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Old 03-27-2010, 11:28 AM
Richard Zidlicky
 
Default ruby-tcltk totally broken and obsolete since ages?

Hi,

there have been serious bugs filled and ignored against this package for ages, see eg
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=483537
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=560053

Perhaps the maintainers did not realise the severity of the bugs - it appears that any
nontrivial example will inevitably crash.

I have tried to debug with gdb & valgrind, all I can say it is non quite trivial, seems
like some memory management & garbage collection issue.

The last version that ever worked for me was in "Red Hat Linux release 8.0 (Psyche)",
I have skipped a few intermediate releases before jumping on Fedora so no idea when
exactly it stopped working.

I have recompiled and installed the ruby and tcltk packages from this source. The finding
is that programs that worked in RH 8 crash in F10 & F12 even when exact the same sources
are used. Possibly ruby or tcltk relied on some assumptions that does not work with newer
glibc.

I hope that someone has an idea - otherwise I think it is safe to completely remove the
package.

Richard
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