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TCL & C linker problem

Posted by acidburn123 (acidburn123), 27 April 2008
Hey there,

First off I'd like to say Hello you, I'm new

Secondly I've searched this forum for TCL and C linker problems and have noticed a few have come up, but never understood the solution hence the 'prepost'

I've got some C code and TCL code, but when I compile the C code with the following flags I get this error:

./gcc test1.c -ltk -ltcl -lm

/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -ltk
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 27 April 2008
Looks like you may not have the Tk (and Tcl?) libraries installed on your system or in a library directory that gcc looks at.    You'll be looking for a file called (or something like that) and if it's in a directory that's not on the Library path, you can add that to your gcc using a -L option.

Posted by acidburn123 (acidburn123), 27 April 2008
I did the locate command and it returned nothing. However if i type wish the GUI works. Would this not imply that I've got TK \ TCL installed?

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 28 April 2008
There may be a .0 or .a or something on the end of it - as I said the name is something like and it depends on how it was installed / compiled.    Look for anything starting with "libtk" not just the exact name I gave you.   And ... do you have Tcl and Tk installed on the machine at all?  I'm not clear on that; if so, good, if not - then install it and test it before you bring C in as well!

Posted by acidburn123 (acidburn123), 28 April 2008
Hey thanks for your help so far Graham. I've done a locate libtk and got the following results


Daft question how do I get gcc to compile these files?

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 28 April 2008
Technically, the libraries are already compiled so you do not need gcc to compile them - you just need to load them. Gcc (inspite of its name) runs a series of steps including  the C preprocessor (cpp) the compiler and assember stages (I forget what they're called) and the loader (ld).

In order to get gcc to include a library in its load phase, the -l option is the one to use ... -ltk84. should do in your case.  If the libraries were elsewhere (not in the usual library path), a -L option or setting an environmanet variable could be needed, but I don't think you'll need that.

Posted by acidburn123 (acidburn123), 29 April 2008
Thank you, it all works now

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