Re: [R] Where is the tcltk package? --- Summary

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 06:46:00 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 8 Apr 2011, Rolf Turner wrote:

> Summary of what I've learned:
> (1) The tcltk package ***comes with R***; one does not install it from CRAN.
> (2) In order for it to work, you need to have the *development* version of
> tcltk installed on your system.
> (3) Under Ubuntu Linux you can obtain the aforesaid development version by:
> sudo apt-get install tcl8.5-dev tk8.5-dev
> (I still don't know what one does if that number 8.5 changes --- as new
> releases come about. How does one find out the number of the latest
> release of tcl/tk?)

Happens about once a decade, so nothing much to worry about. But the short answer is the install the -dev packages matching those packages you already have installed.

[Tcl/Tk 8.6 is in beta, and has had no progress for 18 months.]

> I hope that this may be of use to someone in the future.

Following the current manual is likely to be more useful to them. Let's see: Appendix A:

Remember that some package management systems (such as RPM and deb) make a distinction between the user version of a package and the development version. The latter usually has the same name but with the extension `-devel' or `-dev': you need both versions installed.

The tcltk package needs Tcl/Tk >= 8.4 installed: the sources are available at

Brian D. Ripley,        
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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