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This is written by Nick - who never tried linux...

There are several ways to build Tk-b* for linux.

1. Build it static - should work on *any* platform, but will be 
   larger than dynamic load version.
   Hassle here is all the demos etc. really need the #! line
   changing to point at 'tkperl' rather than 'perl'.

2. Use a.out and dld 
     - you need dld-3.2.6 
     - You also need the "right" 'bash'.
     - " Fall 1994 Yggdrasil Linux" + above dld has been known to work
     - you may need to run ranlib on libX11.* 

On Wed, 30 Aug 95 12:04:19 EDT
Adam Wasserman <awasser@hermes.sgc.com> writes:
>
>Let me state for the record that I'm using Linux 1.2.1 (Infomagic Mar '95
>Slackware), with gcc 2.6.3, dld 3.2.6, Tk-b6 and perl5.001m, and it
>all compiled and worked with dynamic loading with little effort or 
>problem under /usr/local (besides the Pretty.pm stuff).  I DID have to
>do "ranlib libX11.a" and get the updated dld.  I don't believe my system
>is configured for ELF.


3. Use ELF, either distributed that way, or by building yourself. 
     - I believe ELF versions are 'new enough' to have 'right' bash
     - Make sure *perl* is configured to use dl_dlopen rather than dld
       as the load method. Or you get this symptom:

> Can't load './blib/auto/Tk/Tk.so' for module Tk: File not found at 
> /usr/lib/perl5/DynaLoader.pm line 450.
> 
> at blib/Tk.pm line 31
> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./basic_demo line 5.


Chris. (stoner@cs.buffalo.edu)  http://www.cs.buffalo.edu/~stoner
Says:

I had the same problem, I had to reconfigure perl to get it to work. Here is a
summary of my perl configuration that works:

Summary of my perl5 (patchlevel 1) configuration:
  Platform:
    osname=linux, osver=1, archname=i486-linux
    uname='linux valhalla 1.2.8 #6 sun aug 20 16:49:00 edt 1995 i486 '
    hint=recommended
  Compiler:
    cc='cc', optimize='-O2', ld='cc'
    cppflags='-D__USE_BSD_SIGNAL -Dbool=char -DHAS_BOOL'
    ccflags ='-D__USE_BSD_SIGNAL -Dbool=char -DHAS_BOOL'
    ldflags =''
    stdchar='char', d_stdstdio=define, usevfork=false
    voidflags=15, castflags=0, d_casti32=undef, d_castneg=define
    intsize=4, alignbytes=4, usemymalloc=n, randbits=31
  Libraries:
    so=so
    libpth=/lib /usr/lib /usr/local/lib
    libs=-lgdbm -ldbm -ldb -ldl -lm -lc -lbsd
    libc=/usr/lib/libc.a
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef
    cccdlflags='-fpic', ccdlflags='-rdynamic', lddlflags='-shared'

You can get this output with the myconfig script that comes with the perl5
distribution. I think it was using dl_dlopen that fixed the problem for me.