KitCreator , by Roy Keene, is a simple build system for creating a Tclkit or other basekit for your platform. It was created to ease creation of basekits for the local platform.


released builds
KitCreator Web Interface
choose desired kit via a form


It will work for cross-compiling Tclkits if you bootstrap a local Tclkit first.

It is intended to resemble as closely as possible the authentic Tclkit.

What sets this project apart from other similar projects is that:

  1. It attempts to be modular;
  2. It supports cross-compiling;
  3. It downloads the source from their original repositories;
  4. It allows you to specify an arbitrary version of Tcl (including CVS); and
  5. It uses GNU Autoconf scripts for compiling the part of the Tclkit that brings the whole thing together (the Kitsh)


Build for native macosx

jbr : This just hacks the --enable-aqua switch into the Tk It needs something better though.

Index: tk/
--- tk/
+++ tk/
@@ -1,6 +1,8 @@
 #! /usr/bin/env bash
+export CONFIGUREEXTRA=--enable-aqua

 if [ ! -f '' ]; then
         echo 'ERROR: This script must be run from the directory it is in' >&2

         exit 1
brew install openssl
export KC_TLS_SSLDIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl
export KITCREATOR_PKGS="tk thread tcllib critcl tls udp tclpkcs11 tdom"
./kitcreator --enable-threads --enable-64bit


AMG: The following adds support for the tnc package included within tDOM.

tar -xf ~/tdom-0.9.1-src.tgz &&
mkdir tnc &&
mv tdom-0.9.1 tnc/buildsrc &&
sed -i '/^INSTALL_DATA\>/s/444$/644/' tnc/buildsrc/extensions/tnc/ &&
sed -i '/-DUSE_TDOM_STUBS=1/d' tnc/buildsrc/extensions/tnc/configure &&
cat > tnc/ << "EOF" &&
#! /usr/bin/env bash
# BuildCompatible: KitCreator
function preconfigure() {
    cd extensions/tnc
chmod +x tnc/

When running kitcreator, be sure to include tdom tnc in the value of KITCREATOR_PKGS.

This is a partial solution, a quick fix. The above does not tie into KitCreator's machinery for downloading packages. As written, it assumes you have the tdom sources downloaded to ~/tdom-0.9.1-src.tgz. It works for me because, due to firewall shenanigans at the office, I'm already having to run KitCreator with all packages pre-downloaded, bypassing its built-in download machinery.

I feel a better solution would be to update the tdom build script to internally build a tnc package as well as tdom itself.


AMG: KitCreator targets an older version of zlib (1.2.8). The following upgrades to 1.2.11:

mkdir zlib/src &&
ln ~/zlib-1.2.11.tar.gz zlib/src &&
sed -i '/^version=.*/s//version=1.2.11/' zlib/

Unwanted console window

AMG: When compiling for Windows, add LDFLAGS=-mwindows to the build command to hide the console window.

No Xft support

AMG: When I use KitCreator to cross-compile Tclkit, it ends up not supporting Xft.

First off, the build system's xft.pc and other pkg-config files are being used, rather than the target system's xft.pc. I fixed this by setting these environment variables when running KitCreator:


Next, I'm getting -L/usr/lib64 in my X library search path, even though that's outside my sysroot and the target system is 32-bit. This is coming from Tk's configure script's X11 detection code, which happily finds the host system's files. I don't have a fix for this yet, but manually running configure with the following options help:


Finally, the real killer. pkg-config --libs xft yields -L$SYSROOT/usr/X11R6/lib -lXft -lfreetype -lXrender -lfontconfig (with $SYSROOT expanded). The listed libraries also depend on, but the linker isn't given -rpath-link, so it doesn't know where to find that library. Only on SunOS is -L consulted when searching for libraries needed by those explicitly listed on the command line.

The only way I was able to fix this last problem was by editing xft.pc to include -lXext in the Libs: line.

JRP 2021-01-18: I also had trouble with Xft when building a Linux / AMD64 Tclkit. I downloaded the current KitCreator source to try to turn Xft on manually. You have to run build/ first, and I had to fix the line

KITSHROOTDIR="$(ls -1d kitsh/buildsrc/kitsh-*/)"

to read

KITSHROOTDIR="$(ls -1d ../kitsh/buildsrc/kitsh-*/)"

...for the script to run. Once I did that, ./kitcreator --enable-64-bit created a Tclkit with tclvfs, zlib, tk, itcl, and mk4tcl. Looking at the build log for Tk shows

checking whether to use xft... yes
checking for X11/Xft/Xft.h... yes

...which is exactly what I want. I didn't have to change anything about how Tk is built.