Installation Error for ActiveTCL8.4.14

Posted by praveenkumarg on 2007-01-04 02:32

I tried installing ActiveTcl (ActiveTcl8. on Windows XP and I get an error :

error copying "C:/Downloads/Technical/ActiveTcl8." to "C:/Tcl/lib/ppm/log/activetcl8.4-thread/uninstall.exe": permission denied
error copying "C:/Downloads/Technical/ActiveTcl8." to "C:/Tcl/lib/ppm/log/activetcl8.4-thread/uninstall.exe": permission denied
while executing
"file copy -force $::SCRIPT_DIR/$::AT(UNINSTALLER) $logdir/$::AT(UNINSTALLER)"
(procedure "install_log" line 16)
invoked from within
"install_log [list MKDIR $installdir]"
(procedure "install_all" line 12)
invoked from within
"install_all [file join $srcdir payload] $installdir"
(procedure "do_install_modules" line 4)
invoked from within
"do_install_modules $::SCRIPT_DIR $::INSTALL_DIR $::DEMO_DIR"
(procedure "install_ready" line 127)
invoked from within
"install_ready $::BASE"
("9" arm line 1)
invoked from within
"switch -exact $state {
1 { incr state [intro $::BASE] }
2 { incr state [license $::BASE] }
3 {
# This page is always skipped when bac..."
(procedure "main" line 121)
invoked from within

I tried this multiple times and the problem repeats. I tried downloading the exe yet again but still the problem exists.

Can somebody tell me a workaround ???

Note: I downloaded the same on a different machine and the installation goes through fine.

ActiveState Staff
Thu, 2007-01-04 10:47


Have you tried running the installer as Administrator? That should take care of the permissions issues. I can't reproduce this on Win32.



praveenkumarg | Thu, 2007-01-04 11:54

Yes, I have administrator privileges on the system. I am seeing the same problem on another system too.
Not sure whats causing it. Works on some systems, doesn't on others.

BlairC | Fri, 2007-04-13 14:13

I have a new Lenovo ThinkPad X60s running Vista. Just installed Tcl (running as administrator) and received the folling errors during installation.

ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "Tk"
ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "BWidget"
ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "IWidgets"
ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "Img"
ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "TCom - Chart"
ERROR: Unable to determine name of link file for "Remote Ls"

No other errors were reported during installation.

The shortcuts in the Start Menu are emtpy.


ActiveState Staff
Fri, 2007-04-13 15:32

There is a FAQ on installing ActiveTcl 8.4.14 on Vista that can be found here:

If I remember correctly, the Start menu entries don't work, but the other problems disappear if the install is run as Administrator (via the context menu).



BlairC | Fri, 2007-04-13 20:30

Thanks for the reply.

I did install as administator (via the context menu) but still encountered this problem. Additionally, I found that unless I move (or copy)the "...\demos\IWidgets" directory from it's installed location (C:\Tcl\demos\IWidgets) to "C:\Tcl\lib\Iwidgets4.0.2\demos", the catalog.tcl script fails. Upon completion of the installation, no "C:\Tcl\lib\Iwidgets4.0.2\demos" directory existed. This was different than what I experienced when installing in an XP environment.



Mercurial | Tue, 2007-05-29 15:14


I had the same problem BlairC, no links in the Start Menu, everything else working fine (on a Desktop Computer with Vista at my job). But I found that if I chose to install only for current user (in ActiveTcl installation), everything worked fine on my laptop, including those Start Menu Links. So I think the problem is likely related with permissions.

It's not a big problem, but for me it was annoying, so my solution was to backup those links, re-install for all users and then copy the links to the right location (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ActiveState ActiveTcl so that they appear in the Start Menu for all users...