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Re: [Xotcl] ANN: ActiveTcl and now available

From: Scott Gargash <>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:47:01 -0700

Jeff Hobbs <> wrote on 12/11/2006 04:32:55 PM:

> Scott Gargash wrote:
> > Is there any way to get the xotcl c-interface files (the .h/.lib files)
> > that correspond to the version of XOTcl that ships with the ActiveState
> > release? They're not present in the distribution.
> Hmmm, well, we don't keep those around. With the number of binary
> extensions in ActiveTcl, we made a decision a few years ago to save
> space by not keeping around the dev bits. I understand that they would
> be useful to a small percentage of users, but we haven't figured out any
> way to easily automate the handling of dev bits separate from user bits.

Perhaps it would make sense to break the download into two parts, a runtime environment and an SDK.
I'm unsure what other extensions have a binary interface, but for XOTcl (at least) all that needs to
be shipped is a couple of headers and the stubs lib. It seems equivalent to Tcl proper. In fact,
perhaps even the base Tcl libs/headers ought to be in an SDK package. I'd think than many, perhaps
even a majority of, users don't need the Tcl headers & libs.

But if it's not there, it's not there. Oh well, back to building my own version.