NOTE: Binaries built using the instructions below are available from [1 ].
Needing the ability to build tclkits on Windows from CVS head on a semi-regular basis, I finally got around to trying Pat Thoyts' instructions from the starkit mailing list [2 ] to build my own kit. Read that reference first.
There were a couple of things that caused me grief having to do with my environment (Visual Studio 6.0, XP). Hence this page - so others do not go through the same pain. The issues were:
Here are the explicit instructions. Note this builds Tclkit Lite as it uses Vlerq and not Mk.
Retrieve the latest version of kitgen and create directories for the Tcl-Tk sources. The 8.6 directory will contain the version-specific source, 8.x will contain the version-independent source. I believe the directory names do not matter.
svn checkout svn://svn.equi4.com/kitgen/trunk kitgen cd kitgen mkdir 8.6 8.x
Check out the Tcl-Tk sources.
cd 8.6 cvs -z9 -d:pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot/tcl co tcl cvs -z9 -d:pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot/tktoolkit co tk cd ..
Check out the version-independent stuff - thread, tclvfs, zlib and vqtcl (Vlerq). Note as stated before, we are building with Vlerq so we will land up with Tclkit Lite. If you wanted full Tclkit support, you need Mk and Itcl as well. I have not tried this. In particular, the latest Itcl fails to build with Visual Studio 6.0 because of some max symbol length error.
cd 8.x cvs -z9 -d:pserver:[email protected].cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/tcl co thread cvs -z9 -d:pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot/tclvfs co tclvfs svn co svn://svn.equi4.com/vlerq/branches/v4/tcl vqtcl (for zlib get the tar.gz from equi4 and unpack in 8.x/zlib) cd ..
Create the makefile
cd 8.6 mkdir win32-ix86 cd win32-i386 echo !include ..\..\Makefile.vc > Makefile
Set up the build environment. Assumes Visual Studio 6.0 is on your path (for vcvars32). Note INCLUDE environment is prefixed with the path to the SDK include directory. Replace the SDK path with wherever it is installed. I used the short name for safety, though the long name may work as well.
vcvars32 set INCLUDE=c:\progra~1\MIC977~1\include;%INCLUDE%
The actual build. This will build tclkit-cli.exe and tclkit-gui.exe, the tclsh and wish versions respectively. kit-cli.exe and kit-gui.exe are temporary exes (I think), do not use them.
That was it (for me, anyways). For verification, I used tclkit-cli to build the BowWow server which ran without any issues (that's the extent of the testing!)