SDX is an application designed to interact with Starkits (previously called scripted documents). The acronym now stands for Starkit Developer eXtension.
SDX is frequently named sdx.kit on systems where extensions are used to create mappings between files and their interpreters.
Hopefully users of sdx will chime in here with pointers to documentation, examples of use, tricks, techniques, and more. The combination of tclkit and starkits is a very powerful one.
(Note that online help is available as sdx help and sdx help cmd where cmd is the sdx command you want to know about.)
(crc16, pkgIndex, and tree were erroneously listed in an older version of sdx - if your sdx (or sdx.kit) still lists them, then you should download the latest version.)
[Does anyone have wiki pages or web URLs of actual examples of using sdx.kit ?? Particularly the various servers, etc.]
How does sdx update know about our http-Proxy-Server?
PT writes 19-Aug-2003: sdx uses the autoproxy package from this wiki. Under unix (or windows) you can set the http_proxy environment variable to the URL of your proxy server (eg: export http_proxy='http://wwwproxy:8080 '). Under Windows the package looks into the registry and uses the Internet Explorer settings to find the proxy information.
The package needs enhancement to cope with authenticating proxies - but basically this will involve setting http_proxy_user and http_proxy_pass. With some way needed to get the password from the user if it isn't available in the environment.
RP How does one write a Starkit application to handle resources, like those supported in the command option? I have found it hard to name the application so that I could refer to it in my ~/.Xresources file. Even tk appname doesn't seems to work.
RLH This is a request for enhancement. Currently changing the icon of the bundled application is very tedious. You have to make sure your .ico has 4 or 5 different sizes (etc.). On the Perl/Tk side using "pp" there is just and --icon, -i switch. I would like to be able to pass a switch to sdx that would do the same, without worrying about sizes etc. I don't know if this is possible but doing something like ( sdx.kit wrap app.exe -runtime c:\tcl\bin\tclkit.exe -icon app.ico ) would be very nice. Just a wish. :-)
CLN I honestly haven't tried this yet but it occurs to me that SDX doesn't play well with CVS. I'd like to have the source for my application stored in CVS. That puts lots of pesky CVS directories in every level of my tree. And sdx wrap is going to try to grab those CVS directories and add them to the kit, right? It'd be nice if sdx had an --exclude option like tar does so you could exclude certain files or directories in your tree from the resulting kit. Any thoughts on how to use sdx and CVS together?
EMJ When testing/playing, I just put up with the bigger starkit containing the CVS directories, when I want a "proper" release I do an export from CVS in a temporary directory and create the kit there.
24mar06 jcw - Actually, SDX has always been special-cased to skip the CVS dirs (the "sync" code internally has the "exclude" logic you describe, though not exposed at the "sdx wrap" command level). Just try it!
26Mar06 RFox - Usually what I do, since I also have tests that I don't want to package up is use a Makefile to build the starkit. When I do this I build the directory hierarchy for the starkit in the makefile and then wrap it in the makefile. I've even done one with targets to fetch sdx and the run-times as needed from equi4 using wget.
Coming soon - some more extensions
For more details see sdx extensions for more details
I've got a starpacked sdx including TclPro's tclcompiler which I've put up for anyone to try out. Its here: http://www.bioengineering-research.com/vtk/sdx.exe
Putting sdx.exe into your path somewhere, you can call at the command line:
sdx wrap myapp -runtime tclkit.exe -compile
to create a wrapped, bytecoded application.
This sdx is compiled against Tcl 8.4.14 and Metakit 188.8.131.52; its Windows only too...
Any feedback is welcome. Thanks,
LV What is the state of tclkit/starkit/starpack/sdx in 2009?
The reason I ask is that when I attempt to use sdx.kit's update command to update a file, all I get is an http 404 error due to the old site no longer existing. When I look at the sdx home page, then follow the link to the failure forum, I see a message that indicates that that functionality is no longer supported on the server side.
Is sdx itself still being maintained? What about tclkit?
MHo 2010-07-25: Downloaded the latest SDX (changelog: 2010-03-10 Pat Thoyts <[email protected]>) one or two weeks ago from somewhere (didn't found the download location again today...), and today I noticed the following: Icons in Tcl 8.4.19-starpacks didn't get replaced anymore, so I had to "downgrade" to the latest "official" SDX ("signed" 2008-02-24 jcw ). Icons: a never ending story...