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Tk doesn't work under RH9.

by nite_man (Deacon)
on Nov 25, 2003 at 17:21 UTC ( #309965=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
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Dear brothers and systers.

I had worked with Tk under Linux Red Hat 8.0 and life was nice. Than I've upgrated my Linux by Red Hat 9 and as result, I cannot install correctly (make test returns error 2) Tk for Perl but if I nevertheless install it when I try to run a symple script which produces only one window with button, I have error:

'6x13*font:' isn't numeric at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/i386-linux-thread-multi/Tk/ line 188. at /home/misha/projects/Perl/ichecker/ line 136 Tk::Widget::new('Tk::Button','MainWindow=HASH(0x850d4c8)','-te +xt','Ok','-font','5x12','-command','ARRAY(0x8539c90)') called at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/i386-linux-thread-multi/Tk/Wi line 247 Tk::Widget::__ANON__('MainWindow=HASH(0x850d4c8)','-text','Ok' +,'-font','5x12','-command','ARRAY(0x8539c90)') called at /home/misha/projects/Perl/ichecker/ line 136 main::display_x('HASH(0x850a8c4)') called at /home/misha/projects/Perl/ichecker/ line 94 at /home/misha/projects/Perl/ichecker/ line 136
I've found some topics about this error in the internet forums. Authors those topics suggest set LANG in 'en_US' instead of 'en_US.UTF-8' as set defaul in RH9. But I still cannot use Tk. I have exactly the same error.

Any suggestions will be useful.

My environment: Red Hat 9, Perl 5.8.0 built for i386-linux-thread-multi, Tk 800.025.

Thanks in advanced,

-- Michael Stepanov

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Re: Tk doesn't work under RH9.
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Nov 25, 2003 at 18:33 UTC
    Try re-installing perl as non-threaded after you change the language settings and reboot. That helped me with other issues (non-Tk, but still locale-related).

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      I'm no Tk expert, but the only way I've ever gotten it to install is by doing a "export LANG=C" first.
Re: Tk doesn't work under RH9.
by nite_man (Deacon) on Feb 05, 2004 at 13:49 UTC

    Thanks a lot, guys, for your answers. I've found problem. When I began to work with RedHat 8, I played with font settings under KDE and forgot about it. Later, I've upgrate RedHat 8 to RedHat 9 and some happend with font '6x13*font', but KDE settings still remembe about this font. It caused problems. When I've drop directory ~/.kde and restarted my computer, problem was resolved.

    You can ask me, why I made this post. I hope that it will be useful somebody and will save time and nerves ;-))

    -- Michael Stepanov

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