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libpthread: how to get it

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

On Linux, Komodo requires the standard pthreads library to be installed. Some distributions have setup options that will omit this library. This article will briefly describe what threads are, why they're important to Komodo, and how to install libpthread on...

On Linux, Komodo requires the standard pthreads library to be installed.  Some distributions have setup options that will omit this library.  This article will briefly describe what threads are, why they're important to Komodo, and how to install libpthread on the system.

libstdc++5: how to get it

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

On Linux, Komodo requires a library called libstdc++.so.5 to be present on the system. Many systems that are more than a few years old or newer than a year or so old do not have this library installed. This article...

On Linux, Komodo requires a library called libstdc++.so.5 to be present on the system.  Many systems that are more than a few years old or newer than a year or so old do not have this library installed.  This article is a brief ditty on what it is, why it's important, and how to install it.

bioperl on ActivePerl

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

There is an extensive set of Perl modules available for bioinformatics, and bioperl is probably the best collection around. However, we don't have the latest version in our PPM repository, because it is difficult to build automatically. However, the bioperl...

There is an extensive set of Perl modules available for bioinformatics, and bioperl is probably the best collection around.  However, we don't have the latest version in our PPM repository, because it is difficult to build automatically.

Perl special variables $a and $b

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

Here's an often-used, but little-remembered fact about Perl that has caused some confusion on more than one occasion: $a and $b are special. They are (among other things) used in custom sort blocks, but unfortunately the Perl documentation uses them...

Here's an often-used, but little-remembered fact about Perl that has caused some confusion on more than one occasion:  $a and $b are special.

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.