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**Name**

''tpack'' - - [tar] file based deployment system for Tcl applications, supports Tcl 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7 without any additional libraries on all platforms

**Usage**
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$ tpack wrap APPNAME.tcl APPNAME.vfs
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Creates `APPNAME.ttcl`, the application, and `APPNAME.ttar` containing your library(ies).
**Description** [DDG] 2021-09-13: ''tpack'' is a Tcl script which can be used to deploy your Tcl application to other computers and users. It is not a virtual file system approach. During the first application run files will be installed in a temporary directly and used from there. Unpacking of files will be redone automatically if the files in the program folder are newer than those files in the temporary folder. As input you give your application file `app.tcl` and a folder containing your libraries `app.vfs`. The folder structure is the same as for the [starkit] approach, by careful design of the file `app.vfs/main.tcl` the same folder can be as well used to for building [starkit]s and tarkits. The script `tpack.tcl` creates from the file `app.tcl` a file `app.ttcl` containing the required parts from the tar library of [tcllib] to untar tar files and at the end your application code. From the folder `app.vfs` a tar archive with the extension `.ttar` is created: `app.ttar`. To deploy your application those two files has to be copied to the other computer, the file `app.ttcl` can be as well renamed to let's say `app.bin` or even `app` as long as `app.ttar` is in the same folder like the ttcl file. **Comparison** Here a comparison table between three deployment strategies: %|Deployment|files|Compression|Tclkit 8.4|Tclkit 8.5|Tclkit 8.6|Tclkit 8.7|Tcl 8.4|Tcl 8.5|Tcl 8.6|Tcl 8.7|% &|starkit|1|yes|yes|yes|yes|yes|no|no|no|no|&
&|zipkit|1|yes|no|no|yes|no|no|no|no|yes|&
&|zipkit|1|yes|no|no|no|yes|no|no|no|yes|&
&|tarkit|2|no|yes|yes|yes|yes|yes|yes|yes|yes|& **Links** * Homepage: https://github.com/mittelmark/DGTcl * Download: https://downgit.github.io/#/home?url=https://github.com/mittelmark/DGTcl/tree/master/apps/tpack * Manual: http://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://github.com/mittelmark/DGTcl/blob/master/apps/tpack/tpack.html * Version: 0.1 - 2021-09-13 * License: MIT **Example** Here is an example for a minimal application consisting of some application file `mini.tcl` and a folder `mini.vfs` with some small library test: ====== ## FILE mini.tcl #!/usr/bin/env tclsh package require test puts mini puts [test::hello] ## FILE mini.vfs/main.tcl lappend auto_path [file join [file dirname [info script]] lib] ## FILE mini.vfs/lib/test/pkgIndex.tcl package ifneeded test 0.1 [list source [file join $dir test.tcl]] ## FILE mini.vfs/lib/test/test.tcl package require Tcl package provide test 0.1 namespace eval ::test { } proc ::test::hello { } { puts "Hello World!" } ====== Such a sample application can be downloaded here: https://github.com/mittelmark/DGTcl/blob/master/apps/tpack/tpack-sample.zip You can then create your two files using the following commandline: ====== tpack wrap mini ====== This will create the files `mini.ttcl` and `mini.ttar` which are the files you need to deploy on your computer which should have an existing Tcl installation as prerequisite. For more details consult the manual at http://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://github.com/mittelmark/DGTcl/blob/master/apps/tpack/tpack.html ---- **See also** * [starkit] - standard Tclkit approach since Tcl 8.4 * [zipkit] - the new zip file based approach since Tcl 8.7 * [tarpack] for deploying multi-file libraries as single file Tcl-modules. ---- **Discussion**
[DDG] - 2021-09-13: My motivation was that Tcl 8.7 is not yet released and Tclkit based deployment to Windows requires often ignoring Virus-scan messages by the users I gave this purly Tar based approach a trial. With 8.7 certainly the [zipkit] approach would be the better one as it offers compression and other more sophisticated possibilities.
[DDG] - 2021-09-13: My motivation was that Tcl 8.7 is not yet released and Tclkit based deployment to Windows requires often ignoring Virus-scan messages by the users. So I gave this purely Tcl only Tar file based approach a trial. With 8.7 certainly the [zipkit] way would be the certainly the better one as it offers compression and other more sophisticated possibilities.
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