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From: John Stone (johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu)
Date: Mon Jan 12 2015 - 10:30:50 CST
There isn't an ETA for the next release yet, but my goal is that the next
release will have a much shorter development cycle than the last one, and
it will contain the most current versions of most of the libraries that
VMD is linked against, including Tcl/Tk, Python, and so on. What I expect is
that I will begin making alpha releases of VMD 1.9.3 that start incorporating
the new library versions one or two at a time, and that Tcl/Tk 8.6.x will
be one of the earliest ones I work on, depending on how it goes on MacOS X
and Windows (Linux has been working for over a year already).
On Wed, Jan 07, 2015 at 11:30:27PM +0000, St. John, Alexander V. (MU-Student) wrote:
> Howdy John,
> Is there an ETA on the next release?
> Are there pitfalls, besides a learning curve, to perform the recompilation on my own?
> I have been currently researching much of these topics, but I am in a, more or less, embryonic stage of these topics.
> Thank you much for the speedy reply.
> From: John Stone <johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 4:46 PM
> To: St. John, Alexander V. (MU-Student)
> Cc: vmd-l_at_ks.uiuc.edu
> Subject: Re: vmd-l: Troubles with VMD 1.9.2 recognizing TclTk 8.6
> In order to use VMD with Tcl/Tk 8.6.x, it must be recompiled from source
> code. It is usually insufficient to swap DLLs around because we normally
> statically link the Tcl/Tk libraries to avoid problems caused by incompatible
> DLL versions being added to the system-wide library directories.
> I ran out of time to update the default VMD 1.9.2 binary distributions from
> Tcl/Tk 8.5.6 to 8.6.x, but this is one of the things that I'll be working on
> as part of the next release, along with many other library version updates.
> John Stone
> On Wed, Jan 07, 2015 at 10:34:53PM +0000, St. John, Alexander V. (MU-Student) wrote:
> > Greetings,
> > I would like to use TclOO (object-orientation implemented in 8.6) in
> > combination with the Tcl commands provided by VMD.
> > I've installed VMD 1.9.2, and it has TkCon 2.3 operating with TclTk
> > 8.5.6.
> > A previous post had mentioned that VMD 1.9.2 is able to communicate with
> > TclTk 8.6, but how does one implement TclTk 8.6?
> > A few ideas that I've been researching:
> > Can I get VMD to recognize it if I manually put the TclTk 8.6 .dll files,
> > etc., into the appropriate directories?
> > Does one update the plugins in VMD (ie: vmdtkcon1.1)?
> > I have source files for TkCon 2.5 as a standalone shell, which has TclTk
> > 8.6 built-in, but can VMD connect to this?
> > I also have the ActiveTcl (standalone) installed, but the same issues
> > stand as for TkCon 2.5.
> > Thanks and Regards,
> > Alex
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> Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
> University of Illinois, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
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