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Disconnected PPM operations

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

For those times when you really, really can't get online directly, but want the comforts of PPM at your side, there actually is a way to do it. A little talk with Gozer made it all clear. PPM can be...

For those times when you really, really can't get online directly, but want the comforts of PPM at your side, there actually is a way to do it.  A little talk with Gozer made it all clear.

PPM can be convinced to use a local directory as a repository.  So make yourself a directory, and issue the following command from within the PPM shell:

Current ActiveState products and FreeBSD

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

Currently, there is no specific platform support for FreeBSD for Komodo, the Active language suites, or the Dev Kits. There is the off chance that one or more may work under Linux emulation on FreeBSD, but it is not a...

Currently, there is no specific platform support for FreeBSD for Komodo, the Active language suites, or the Dev Kits.  There is the off chance that one or more may work under Linux emulation on FreeBSD, but it is not a supported configuration, and we cannot provide installation and configuration support.

The Wayback Machine, ActiveState style

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 31, 2006

A visit to our product download pages is the quickest and easiest way to get the latest and greatest versions of our software. Every now and then, though, the latest and greatest isn't the right thing. If you're feeling nostalgic,...

A visit to our product download pages is the quickest and easiest way to get the latest and greatest versions of our software.  Every now and then, though, the latest and greatest isn't the right thing.

What happened to Expect?

By Jeff Hobbs, January 31, 2006

Not too long ago, there was a binary distributed with ActiveTcl and the Tcl Dev Kit called expect.  It allowed one to write Tcl scripts that made use of a collection of functions that were extremely handy for automating tasks which weren't otherwise easy to automate.  A good example of this kind of task is running software test suites automatically.

In recent versions of Tcl and the TDK, the executable is nowhere to be found.  Naturally, this brings up the question of where it went.

Tags: expect
Category: tcl

Dark, ugly vertical line in the Komodo main window

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 31, 2006

This issue is as much about personal taste as it is a technical issue, but it's one that's come up a few times. Some people have complained of a relatively dark (or light, depending on your colour settings) vertical line...

This issue is as much about personal taste as it is a technical issue, but it's one that's come up a few times.

Some people have complained of a relatively dark (or light, depending on your colour settings) vertical line in the main Komodo editing window.  It does look a little broken, until you understand what it's there for.

Can't "Build Standalone Application" in Komodo

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 31, 2006

If you're one of the many Komodo users who also uses the Perl Development Kit, you may have noticed that the Tools | Build Standalone Applicaton menu, quite frankly, doesn't. That menu entry was designed to work with earlier (5.x...

If you're one of the many Komodo users who also uses the Perl Development Kit, you may have noticed that the Tools | Build Standalone Applicaton menu, quite frankly, doesn't.

Checking out files from Subversion or CVS in Komodo

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 31, 2006

A common question goes something like this: How do I make Komodo check out a copy of my project that's in Subversion, CVS, or Perforce? The short answer is -- you don't. Komodo works on previously checked-out copies of SCC...

A common question goes something like this:

How do I make Komodo check out a copy of my project that's in Subversion, CVS, or Perforce?

Where's the crypto?

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 30, 2006

Anyone who has tried to find a cryptographic module on PPM has found that we don't carry any of them -- not Net::SSH, not Crypt::AES, not even Crypt::DES. Why not? The answer is that the government requires companies to get...

Anyone who has tried to find a cryptographic module on PPM has found that we don't carry any of them -- not Net::SSH, not Crypt::AES, not even Crypt::DES.  Why not?

Unix package checksum errors

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 30, 2006

Frequently, people will write to support to let us know that one of our Unix software packages is broken and needs to be fixed. Inevitably, it's a checksum error from their Unix vendor's tar(1) program that brings about the problem....

Frequently, people will write to support to let us know that one of our Unix software packages is broken and needs to be fixed.  Inevitably, it's a checksum error from their Unix vendor's tar(1) program that brings about the problem.  Sun's Solaris tar is the worst offender, but it is also seen on AIX and HP/UX, among others.

No, we're not spamming you.

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 30, 2006

Every now and then we get a complaint from someone that claims we've been spamming them. The messages do appear to come from a random ActiveState address (usually sjfdklfjs [at] activestate [dot] com or similar), but there is a less obvious side to the...

Every now and then we get a complaint from someone that claims we've been spamming them.  The messages do appear to come from a random ActiveState address (usually sjfdklfjs [at] activestate [dot] com or similar), but there is a less obvious side to the story.