FAQ revival

From: Erick Gallesio <eg_at_kaolin.unice.fr>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 1996 13:54:08 +0100

Here is the new STk FAQ. It is very incomplete and should get better with

  Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about STk
  Erick Gallesio
  July 1996

  1. Introduction

  The aim of this document is to answer to the frequently asked
  questions about STk. First versions of this document were written by
  Marc Furrer (furrer_at_di.epfl.ch)with the support of Erick Gallesio
  (eg_at_unice.fr) Marc has not enough time to continue to maintain the FAQ
  up to date and he asked me to continue. Since I too have not a lot of
  time for keeping the FAQ alive, any help would be greatly apreciated.

  The latest version of the FAQ is available at
  http://kaolin.unice.fr/FAQ/FAQ.html Text and Postscript versions of
  this document are also available at ftp://kaolin.unice.fr/pub/FAQ The
  HTML version is the recommended version of this document since all the
  links to other documents or softwares can be followed just by clicking
  on them.

  This version of the document is very incomplete and if you think of
  questions that are appropriate for this FAQ, or would like to improve
  an answer, please send me e-mail.

  1.1. Subject: What is STk

  STk is a R4RS Scheme interpreter which can access to the Tk graphical
  package. It can be seen as the John Ousterhout's Tk package where the
  Tcl language has been replaced by Scheme (for more information on
  Scheme, Tcl and Tk, see the references below).

  STk also provides an efficient object oriented system called STklos.
  STklos is an OO system with multi-inheritance, generic functions,
  multi-methods. It's implementation relies on a Meta Object Protocol
  (MOP) inspired from the Tiny -CLOS model.

  Other features of STk are:

  o Interpreter can be easily extended by adding new C modules.

  o All the commands defined by the Tk toolkit are available to the STk
     interpreter (Tk commands are seen as a special type of objects by
     the interpreter).

  o Widgets callbacks are Scheme closures

  o Based on Tk4.1 (the last stable release of Tk)

  o STk does not use the Tcl interpreter for Tk programming

  o Tk variables (such are -textvariable) are reflected back into
     Scheme as Scheme variables.

  o A set of STklos classes have been defined to manipulate Tk commands
     (menu, buttons, scales, canvas, canvas items) as STklos objects.

  o New widgets can easily be built in STklos by composition of
     existing widgets.

  1.2. Subject: Where do I get STk from

  STk distribution is available on various sites. The official
  distribution site is http://kaolin.unice.fr/or
  ftp://kaolin.unice.fr/pub Distribution file names have the form STk-
  x.y.tar.gz, where x and y represent the version and the release of the
  package. You can also find here interim releases of STk. Intermediate
  releases are stored in file whose name have the form STk-x.y.z.tar.gz
  where z is the intermediate release number. Last stable release can be
  taken from http://kaolin.unice.fr/STk.tar.gzor

  1.3. Subject: Are there distribution mirror sites

  Stable releases of STk are also placed in
  ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/devel/lang/lisp Since this site is
  eavily mirrored around the planet, you should easily find a stable
  release near you.

  David Fox also maintain a mirror site of kaolin (daily updated) in the
  USA at the following URL ftp://cs.nyu.edu/pub/local/fox/stk

  1.4. Subject: Which are the systems STk support

  STk runs on a large variety of Unixes. It is known to run on:

  o Sparc (SunOs 4.1.x & Solaris 2.{34})

  o Dec 5xxx (Ultrix 4.2)

  o SGI (IRIX 4.05, 5.1.1, 5.2)

  o DEC Alpha 3000/400 (OSF-1 V1.3)

  o RS6000 AIX 3.2.5

  o HP 9000/735 (HP-UX 9.01)

  o PC (Linux 1.0 -> 2.0)

  o PC (FreeBSD 1.1)

  o PC (SCO) Thanks to markd_at_grizzly.com

  o PC (NetBSD-1.0)

  o Sony WS (Sony NEWS, NEWSOS 4.2R)


  1.5. Subject: STk and Windows

  Starting with release 3.1, STk runs on 32 bits Microsoft Windows (only
  tested on Windows 95, but it should run on Windows NT). This version
  is based on the Tk 4.1 final release.

  STk Win32 version is distributed in source and binary forms, since
  binary release seems more convenient on Windows.

  Development of STk on this platform is not easy for me since it is not
  the system I use dayly. In particular, a lot of work need to be done
  (loading of packages compiled in DLL, sockets, ...). Help of a Win32
  hacker would be greatly appreciated to achieve those tasks.

  1.6. Subject: STk and MacOS

  It is not intended to port STk on MAcOS, by lack of resource (and
  interest of myself :). However, port should be simple for a Mac
  hacker. I can provide help if necessary for this job.

  Another way to run STk on a Mac consists to run STk under Mach Ten. If
  I have well understood, Mach Ten is a Unix (Mach-) like system running
  on top of MacOS. STk compiles fine on this system.

  1.7. Subject: Getting more information about Scheme

  The R4RS document

  o R4RS is the document which fully describes the Scheme Programming
     Language, it can be found in the Scheme repository at the following
     URL ftp://ftp.cs.indiana.edu/pub/scheme-repository/doc

  o Aubrey Jaffer has also translated this document in HTML. A version
     of this document can be browsed at http://www-

  The Scheme Repository

  The main site where you can find (many) informations about Scheme is
  located in the University of Indiana. The Scheme repository is
  maintained by David Eby. The repository currently consists of the
  following areas:

  o Lots of scheme code meant for benchmarking, library/support,
     research, education, and fun.

  o On-line documents: Machine readable standards documents, standards
     proposals, various Scheme-related tech reports, conference papers,
     mail archives, etc.

  o Most of the publicly available Scheme Implementations.

  o Material designed primarily for instruction.

  o Freely-distributable promotional or demonstration material for
     Scheme-related products.

  o Utilities (e.g., Schemeweb, SLaTeX).

  o Extraneous stuff, extensions, etc.

  You can access the Scheme repository at:

  o ftp://ftp.cs.indiana.edu/pub/scheme-repository

  o http://www.cs.indiana.edu/scheme-repository/SRhome.html

  The Scheme Repository is mirrored in Europe at:

  o ftp://ftp.inria.fr/lang/Scheme

  o ftp://faui80.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/pub/scheme/yorku

  o ftp://ftp.informatik.uni-muenchen.de/pub/comp/programming/

  Usenet newsgroup and other addresses

  There is a usenet newsgroup about the Scheme Programming language:


  Following addresses contains also interesting material about the
  Scheme language

  o The Scheme FAQ

  o The Scheme Home Page at MIT http://www-swiss.ai.mit.edu/scheme-

  o The Scheme Underground web page:

  1.8. Subject: Differences with R4RS


  STk symbol syntax has been augmented to allow case significant
  symbols. Many global symbols have been added to the global
  environment, see Appendix B of the STk Reference Manual.


  STk implements all the types defined as mandatory in R4RS. However,
  complex numbers and rational numbers (which are defined but not
  required in R4RS) are not implemented. The lack of these types implies
  that some functions of R4RS are not defined.

  Some types which are not defined in R4RS are implemented in STk. Those
  types are listed below:

  o input string port type

  o output string port type

  o keyword type

  o Tk command type (to use the Tk widgets)

  o environment type (environments are first class in STk)

  o macro type

  o address type (obsolete now)

  o hash table type

  o process type (launch and communication with subprocess)

  o socket type (TCP/UDP sockets)

  o regexp type (access to tcl regexp)


  The following procedures are required by R4RS and are not implemented
  in the STk interpreter:

  o transcript-off

  o transcript-on

  These procedure can be easily simulated with various Unix tools such
  as script or fep.

  The following procedures are not implemented in the STk interpreter
  whereas they are defined in R4RS (but not required). They are all
  related to complex or rational numbers:

  o numerator

  o denominator

  o rationalize

  o make-rectangular

  o make-polar

  o real-part

  o imag-part

  o magnitude

  o angle

  This is more detailed in the Appendix B of the STk Reference Manual.

  1.9. Subject: Compatibility with SLIB

  Aubrey Jaffer maintains a package called SLIB which is a portable
  Scheme library which provides compatibility and utility functions for
  all standard Scheme implementations. To use this package, you have
  just to type

  (require "slib")

  and follow the instructions given in the library to use a particular

  2. Contributed Packages

  Small (in size) contributions are included in the release. Among them
  we can cite:

  o STk-wtour: A didactic demo to learn STk written by Suresh Srinivas

  o Stetris : A tetris game written by Harvey J. Stein

  o Queens: The famous 8 queens problem by Grant Edwards

  o Ttt: A 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe by Edin "Dino" Hodzic ehodzic_at_scu.edu

  Complex contributions are kept in the
  ftp://kaolin.unice.fr/pub/Contribdirectory. This directory contains
  also old code which should probably be updated to work with current
  STk release. Among the packages which can be found in this directory

  o EnvDraw: is a environment diagramming package which draws
     environment diagrams as taught in Abelson and Sussman's Structure
     and Interpretation of Computer Languages. It was written as an
     instructional tool for the CS61A course at the University of
     California at Berkeley. The environment diagrammer is a
     metacircular evaluator which draws procedures, environments, and
     box and pointer diagrams along with all the accompanying symbols
     and mutation. It includes a box and pointer diagrammer which
     handles circular list structures, cons cell mutation, and also will
     watch for modification of any symbols known to be pointing to drawn
     cells. The author of this very neat package is Josh MacDonald

  o WWW is a HTML browser which greatly enhances the hbrowse demo which
     is part of STk distribution. You should look at this package.
     Author: Harvey J. Stein hjstein_at_math.huji.ac.il

  o Nanocad is chemistery CAD program which allows you to create small
     molecules and to rotate them. The author of this package is Will
     Ware wware_at_world.std.com


  Some packages are not in the kaolin Contrib directory:

  o A preemptive thread package can be found at
     ftp://ftp.cs.uoregon.edu/pub/lth/tasking-alpha2.tar.gz The uthor of
     this package is Lars Thomas Hansen lth_at_cs.uoregon.edu

  o A low level interface to the Postgres 95 Database can be found at

  o Tabula rasa is a system written by David Fox which use the STk
     interpreter (but not Tk).This package can be found at ?????. (TO BE

  o spice package from Fritz.Heinrichmeyer_at_fernuni-hagen.de (I cannot
     find the reference)


  3. STk tips


  4. STklos tips


  5. Getting more information about Tk

  There are two reference book about Tk (of course, you better not read
  the chapters about Tcl ;-):

  o "Tcl and the Tk Toolkit" by John Ousterhout (the author of the
     Tcl/Tk package), ISBN 0-201-63337-X, Addison-Wesley, April 1994.

  o "Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk" by Brent Welch, ISBN
     0-13-182007-9, Prentice Hall, 1995.

  There is also a Usenet newsgroup for Tcl/Tk: comp.lang.tcl A FAQ, for
  Tcl/Tk is regulary posted in comp.lang.tcl.annonce
  6. Miscelleanous

  6.1. Subject: The STk Mailing List

  There is a mailing list for STk located on kaolin.unice.fr. The intent
  of this mailing list is to permit to STk users to share experiences,
  expose problems, submit ideas and everything which you find
  interesting (and which is related to STk).

  To subscribe to the mailing list, simply send a message with the word
  "subscribe" in the Subject: field of you mail. Mail must be sent to
  the following address: stk-request_at_kaolin.unice.fr.

  To unsubscribe from the mailing list, send a mail at previous e-mail
  address with the word "unsubscribe" in the Subject: field.

  For more information on the mailing list management, send a message
  with the word "help" in the Subject: field of your mail. In
  particular, it is possible to find all the messages which have already
  been sent on the STk mailing list.

  Subscription/un-subscription/information requests are processed
  automatically without human intervention. If something goes wrong,
  send a mail to eg_at_unice.fr

  Once you have properly subscribe to the mailing list,

  o you can send your messages about STk to stk_at_kaolin.unice.fr

  o you will receive all the messages of the mailing list to the e-mail
     address you used when you subscribed to the list.

  The mailing list is archived at:

  o http://kaolin.unice.fr/mlist/Hypermail/index.htmlin hypertext
     format, or

  o ftp://kaolin.unice.fr/pub/MailingList/index.htmlas raw text.

  6.2. Subject: Reporting a Bug

  When you find a bug in STk, please send its description to the
  following address stk-bugs_at_kaolin.unice.fr. Don't forget to indicate
  the STk version you use, the architecture and the system release on
  which you run the interpreter. STk version and architecture can be
  found by using the version and machine-type Scheme primitives. If
  possible, try to find a small program which exhibit the bug. Even
  better, if you have a patch, plese send it at the previous address.

  6.3. Subject: Using STk from Emacs

  There are several ways to call STk from emacs. One simple way consists
  to add the following lines in your file $HOME/.emacs:


                -- Erick
Received on Thu Jul 25 1996 - 13:54:08 CEST

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