Update of "KitCreator"

Artifact ID: 94311be2582e57ab2f316dc6751d3eaabed87af8
Page Name:KitCreator
Date: 2011-05-16 04:46:28
Original User: rkeene
Parent: 58fa87ef3da1587d20cf9db2f2e40fbb72b33ba8

Tclkit Building Made Trivial

KitCreator is a simple build system for creating a Tclkit. It was created to ease creation of Tclkits. If you just want to use Tcl on your platform, it is recommended that you use a pre-existing Tclkit. See also locally built pre-built Tclkits.

A Tclkit is, briefly, a single-file executable that contains Tcl (both the interpreter, and all the resources it requires to operate) and other Tcl-related packages (Tk, Incr Tcl, etc). A tclkit can be used to create a Starpack, which is the Tclkit plus the resources required for your Tcl-based application in a single file. This makes application delivery easy and consistent as it will be a single file that the user runs to use the application. Additionally, since a Tclkit is generic, any Tclkit from any platform can be used as the base for a Starpack. That is, from GNU/Linux you can take the Tclkit for AIX and add your application to produce a native executable for AIX.

KitCreator can create a library that provides the Tcl (and optionally Tk) API for a system. This is called KitDLL. The library has all of the support files embedded into it. The library's virtual filesystem can be extended by appending a zip file to it. It can also be extended by appending a zip file to the application itself.

KitCreator can be used to cross-compile a Tclkit, however you may need to have a working Tclkit for your native system first. KitCreator can be used to create this local boot-strap Tclkit.

There is an automated test suite that is performed nightly, the results can be found on the nightly build status page.


Additional information:

Included Packages

Package Name Package Version Included When... Linking Method
Tk same as Tcl Always Dynamic
Incr Tcl 3.4b1 Always Dynamic
starkit 1.3.2 Always Static
Metakit Always Static
TclVFS 20080503 Always Static
PWB 1.1 Always Static
Rechan 1.0 Always Static
Zlib 1.1 Always Static
Thread 2.6.5 --enable-threads Dynamic
Registry varies Building for Win32 Static
DDE varies Building for Win32 Static
http varies Always Static
opt varies Always Static
msgcat varies Always Static
tcltest varies Unless MINBUILD Static

Tested Platforms

Operating System CPU Architecture Tcl Version Compiler Cross-compile
Linux 2.6 x86 8.4.19 gcc 4.1.2 no
Linux 2.6 x86 8.5.8 gcc 4.1.2 no
Linux 2.6 x86 CVS HEAD gcc 4.1.2 no
Solaris 8 SPARC 8.4.19 gcc 3.4.6 no
Solaris 8 SPARC 8.5.8 gcc 3.4.6 no
Solaris 10 SPARC 8.4.19 gcc 3.4.3 no
Solaris 10 SPARC 8.5.8 gcc 3.4.3 no
Solaris 10 SPARC 8.4.19 SunStudio 12 no
Solaris 10 SPARC 8.5.8 SunStudio 12 no
HP/UX 11iv1 PA-RISC 8.4.19 gcc no
HP/UX 11iv1 PA-RISC 8.5.8 gcc no
Linux ARM 8.4.19 gcc 4.3.3 yes
Windows x86 8.4.19 mingw32 gcc 3.4.2 yes
Windows x86 8.5.8 mingw32 gcc 3.4.2 yes