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It was pointed out on the FE home page that one way to install the Tcl-Tk 'wish' interpreter environment, if it is not available already in your Linux distro, is to install a Tk application like 'TkDiff'.
Ubuntu 9.10 did not have the Tcl-Tk system in that distro, and with a few clicks in the Ubuntu Software Center, I installed 'TkDiff', which brought along the Tcl-Tk 'wish' interpreter system.
Unfortunately, it brought the Tcl-Tk 8.4 system in which fonts do not look the greatest because font anti-aliasing was not yet incorporated. It was in Tcl-Tk 8.5 that the font anti-aliasing system ( Xft = X freetype) was incorporated.
So here is a quick outline of how I installed Tcl-Tk 8.5 on Ubuntu 9.10 --- so that nice anti-aliased fonts were displayed in FE Tcl-Tk applications like 'feAppMenus' and 'xpg'.
Tcl-Tk 8.5 install : (in place of 8.4)
First of all, on checking the '/usr/bin/wish' interpreter, I found that
it was a link to another file :
On doing 'ls -l /etc/alternatives/wish', it was revealed that it too was a link, to /usr/bin/wish8.4.
So I installed Tcl 8.5 and Tk 8.5 with the command
After doing that, the following 'ls' command revealed that the wish 8.5
interpreter was installed.
I removed the 'soft link' /usr/bin/wish with the following command.
I verified that the 'soft link' was removed with the following 'ls' command.
I issued the following 'ln' command to re-establish the /usr/bin/wish link ---
but to wish8.5 this time.
I verified that the 'soft link' was re-established with the following
Now when I started up the 'feAppMenus' Tk GUI and the 'xpg' Tk GUI, the fonts were shown in a much nicer anti-aliased form.
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Page was created 2011 Jun 28.