Subject: Re: Python and Tk?
To: Steven M.Bellovin <>
From: Min Sik Kim <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 11/04/2005 09:18:14
On Nov 4, 2005, at 8:36 AM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

> In message <>, Min  
> Sik Kim write
> s:
>> On Nov 4, 2005, at 7:19 AM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>>> I'm trying to use Python's Tk interface, but I get this error:
>>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>>   File "./run", line 4, in ?
>>>     from Tkinter import *
>>>   File "/usr/pkg/lib/python2.4/lib-tk/", line 38, in ?
>>>     import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be
>>> configured for Tk
>>> ImportError: No module named _tkinter
>>> I have Python 2.4 and tk 8.4.11nb1, both installed from pkgsrc.  The
>>> Python README says that Tk support is automatically included if  
>>> Tk is
>>> detected at build time; I rebuilt Python to be sure, but it didn't
>>> help.
>> Many modules in the Python distfile are separate packages in pkgsrc.
>> x11/py-Tk will give you the _tkinter module.
> Thanks -- I'd looked in lang, but not x11.  Not that it built cleanly
> lots of the patches failed.

That's normal.  py-Tk doesn't extract all files in the python  
distfile; instead, it extracts only two .c files needed to build the  
_tkinter module.  pkgsrc will ignore all patch-related errors and  
build the package.

Min Sik Kim