[R-SIG-Mac] Tcl/Tk issues in arm64 build of R 4.1.0

John Fox j|ox @end|ng |rom mcm@@ter@c@
Fri Sep 10 13:50:19 CEST 2021

Dear Brian,

Thanks for this. When the Tktable package is available in the arm64 
macOS binary, I'll test it.


On 2021-09-10 1:54 a.m., Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On 09/09/2021 19:59, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> On 09/09/2021 19:03, John Fox wrote:
>>> Dear Simon, Philippe, and list members,
> ...
>>> (2) The Tcl/Tk Tktable package is apparently absent from the arm64 
>>> build but still present in the Intel build. The Rcmdr detects its 
>>> absence and suppresses some features (i.e., those requiring the Rcmdr 
>>> data editor). I understand that the Tktable package is problematic 
>>> and it may have been removed intentionally.
>> https://sourceforge.net/projects/tktable/files/tktable/2.10/Tktable2.10.tar.gz 
>> (apparently the latest version from 2008)
>> does not compile against recent Tcl/Tk (8.6.11 seems to be used): it 
>> uses 'panic' which should be 'Tcl_Panic'.    (The Intel build appears 
>> to be much older, 8.6.6.)
>> I have a patched version: AFAICS it installs entirely into 
>> /opt/R/arm64/lib I could tar it up and make it available.
>> I could also send the patch to Simon for future use, but note that 
>> https://mac.r-project.org/libs-arm64/ contains an aqua build of Tcl/Tk 
>> (not the X11 build in the CRAN build of R 4.1.[01]) and which does not 
>> support Tcl/Tk.
> I have put the patch and the tarball at 
> https://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/Tktable/ .
> There is a README.txt with installation instructions. But as I have only 
> one M1 Mac, they are minimally tested.

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