Purpose: gathering place of ideas, pointers, concepts, and wishlists on the topic of creating CD-ROMs from which one can run Tcl/Tk scripts directly.
What are the challenges?
- Attempt, as much as possible, to seperate your application and data into platform specific and generic, gaining the most reuse as possible.
- Determine the hardware and software platforms for which binaries will be needed. This will determine how many binary Tcl interpreters you will need. Consider TclKit as a baseline for the interpreter.
- Determine the file naming restrictions / conventions that need to be imposed so that the applications can all access the generic data.
- Determine the CD-ROM file format standard to use so that all platforms can access the appropriate programs and executables.
- Determine whether you are going to provide support for the user to install the software and/or data on one or more local disks.
- Platform specific issues - Windows
- you'll need to run the Tcl installation script with your wish executable without messing with the user's file associations. A BAT file will probably be your best bet. Be sure you test with the CD-ROM under different drive letters! If you're using a tclkit as the executable you won't have to install anything
... add in other issues as they occur to people...
There is a CD called Expert Tcl that boots into Linux on any x86 box with 16 meg of ram and uses tclkit to demo many tcl/tk applications and scripts.
LV Nov 22, 2006 - here's a pointer to an article [L1 ] that is NOT tcl specific, but discusses a unix script that helps you prepare a CD-ROM image that has filenaming that works for both windows and unix.