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


there have been serious bugs filled and ignored against this package for ages, see eg

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

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

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