[racket] Error when they use "programmatic" pkg

From: Sam Tobin-Hochstadt (samth at cs.indiana.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 24 10:34:08 EDT 2013

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Jay McCarthy <jay.mccarthy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Ryan,
> I presume that you ran that program in DrRacket.

Yes, that's correct, and that's how I reproduced it on my machine as well.

> DrRacket can't run all Racket programs, such as those that modify the
> installation, due to the way it changes how compilation and evaluation
> works. The GUI package manager in DrRacket will work, however, because
> it runs on DrRacket's privileges and not inside it's "sandbox".

I just tried this with (something close to) HEAD, and while `install`
is gone, I tried using `pkg-install-command`, and it seemed to do
something sensible while in DrRacket.  Is that now the case?


> If my presumption is wrong, and you did it with actual Racket, I think
> I'll need more information to debug, because I can't reproduce the
> problem here.
> As far as how to fix your installation, you will want to run "raco
> link -l" and find the directory for the package you tried to install
> then "raco link -r <dir>"
> On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Ryan Newton <rrnewton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Here's the reproducer:
>> (require pkg)
>> (install "github://github.com/iu-c211/c211-libs/master")
>> The error comes in the documentation building phase, for example:
>> link: bad variable linkage;
>>  reference to a variable that has the wrong procedure or structure-type
>> shape
>>   reference phase level: 0
>>   variable module:
>> "/Applications/Racket_v5.3.6_new/collects/racket/list.rkt"
>>   variable phase: 0
>>   reference in module:
>> "/Applications/Racket_v5.3.6_new/collects/racket/bytes.rkt" in:
>> add-between11.1
>> This happens to me on my Mac, but Sam TH just reproduced it for me on Ubuntu
>> with a fresh Racket 5.3.6 install.
>> What would be great would be a quick recipe for healing the installation
>> after this occurs, because right now, that error above is sticky.  That
>> DrRacket installation will not be able to evaluate anything after it becomes
>> broken, and I haven't found a way to fix it other than blowing away the
>> installation and reinstalling.
>>   -Ryan
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