Macintosh Tcl/Tk 8.3.4 Binary Release Announcement
Oct 24, 2001
The Tcl maintainers are pleased to announce the availability of Macintosh
binaries for the 8.3.4 releases of the Tcl scripting language and the Tk
toolkit. This is the fourth patch release of Tcl/Tk 8.3. More details can
be found below.
An installer appropriate for most Mac users is available for direct
For Tcl developers, a more complete installer containing additional
binaries, CodeWarrior projects and complete sources is available at
For more information, please visit
* the Tcl Developer Xchange Tcl/Tk 8.3.4 information page
* the Tcl project page on SourceForge
* the SourceForge Tcl Foundry
* the Tcl Developer Xchange:
Daniel A. Steffen
— Mac specific changes for Mac Tcl/Tk 8.3.4, Oct 19, 2001 —
– timezone support
– mac time epoch changed to standard unix epoch
– glob -dir compatibility mode for unix style relative paths
– fix to glob -join, it wasn’t traversing aliased folders. This notably
fixes the bug of pkgIndex files not being seen inside aliased folders.
– when loading shared libraries, comparison of package name to code
fragment name changed to only match on the length of the package name,
this allows for fragment names with version numbers appended.
– crashing bug fix when printing to console at program exit after
the console has already been closed.
– correct use of Tcl_JoinPath in tk_library initialization
– reorganized resources to avoid multiple copies in applications and
shared libraries, the script libraries & Xcursors etc are now no longer
duplicated in Wish but are only included in the resources of Tk.shlb.
Corrected how tk deals with tcl library files present both in
resources and in $tk_library directory (the $tk_library now always
— About Tcl/Tk —
Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and a very portable
interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has
been used by companies and organizations world-wide since its creation in
1988 by John Ousterhout.
As a language, it is much like UNIX shell languages. There is very little
syntax and it is easy to learn. It is used to glue together building blocks
built in system programming languages like C, C++, and Java. These building
blocks appear as commands, or verbs, in the script language. It is easy to
embed Tcl into a legacy program so you can script the behavior of that
program and add in other building blocks like a GUI interface. The Tcl
interpreter is written in C and has been ported to almost every computer
Tk is a portable GUI toolkit for Tcl, it allows simple and dynamic creation
of graphical interfaces that run on Mac, Windows, UNIX and other platforms.
Check out the SourceForge Tcl Foundry:
An informal survey shows over 100 Tcl-related SourceForge projects
Please visit the Tcl Developer Xchange web site:
Tcl/Tk 8.3.4 Release Announcement
October 22, 2001
The Tcl maintainers are pleased to announce the 8.3.4 releases of the
Tcl scripting language and the Tk toolkit. This is the fourth patch
release of Tcl/Tk 8.3. More details can be found below. We’d like to
thank all those that submit bugs and patches as they are the primary
source of information for us to identify problems in the core.
Where to get the new releases:
Tcl/Tk 8.3.4 sources are freely available from the Tcl Developer Xchange
web site at:
This web page also contains additional information about the releases,
including new features and notes about installing and compiling the
releases. The files are directly available from the Tcl SourceForge
project’s file distribution area (which includes Mac binaries):
ActiveState also provides Windows, Linux and Solaris binaries that
include numerous popular extensions at:
(should be available by end of day Oct 23)
For additional information:
Please visit the Tcl Developer Xchange web site:
This site contains a variety of information about Tcl/Tk in general,
the core Tcl and Tk distributions, and much more.
Thank you for your contributions:
As usual, this release includes contributions from the Tcl community.
Tcl/Tk is maintained by the community, with the source repository and
bug database at SourceForge:
Everyone is encouraged to participate in making Tcl an even better
Summary of Changes in Tcl/Tk 8.3.4:
The following were the main changes in this release. A complete list
can be found in the ChangeLog file at the root of the source tree. This
is a patch release, so it primarily included bug fixes and corrections
to erratic behavior. Below are only the most notable changes.
* Improved build support for GNU (HURD), QNX and Mac OS X
* Enabled 64bit compilation on HP-11 via –enable-64bit
* Updated msgcat and http packages
* New file I/O flush management for Windows (up to 100x speedup)
* Plugged a few minor memory leaks in error cases
* Corrected handling of spaces in pathnames passed to ‘exec’ on Windows
* Win64 support using Whistler64 RC 1
* Native memory allocator now the default on Windows.
* Corrected thread finalization problems for threaded builds.
* Updated unicode encodings from http://www.unicode.org/
* Fixed tk_chooseDirectory crash on Win95
* Removed 2 second ‘raise’ delay for some Unix windows managers
* Updated Mac/Windows wish console
* Enhanced ‘bgerror’ dialog
* Fixed file filtering in Motif file dialogs
The full list can be seen at