[tex-live] segfault on mac after using perl/tk from macports

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jan 9 03:43:15 CET 2010

On Jan 8, 2010, at 3:56 PM, C.M. Connelly wrote:

> "GSK" == Geoffrey S Knauth <geoff at knauth.org>
>    GSK> I tried (and eventually succeeded) updating TeXLive on my
>    GSK> Mac from 2008 to 2009.  TeXLive said I didn't have
>    GSK> perl/tk, so I used MacPorts to install it.  Then when I
>    GSK> ran sudo install-tl --gui=wizard, I got a segfault.  I
>    GSK> figured it must be some incompatibility between the
>    GSK> version of Perl used by TeXLive and the version used by
>    GSK> Macports (v5.8.9).
> The problem is that the default Perl build in MacPorts doesn't
> include shared libraries, but Tk needs them; you can build them by
> adding the +shared variant to your build line.  See
> http://trac.macports.org/ticket/18391 for details.
>   Claire
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Why oh why didn't you simply use the MacTeX installer? See <http://www.tug.org/mactex/2009/>. It's aa five minute install of TeX Live 2009 along with some very useful GUI applications, a TeX Distribution System Preference Pane and a structure which doesn't require any setting of environment variables, etc.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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