[squeak-dev] Problems with very old Squeak releases

Phil B pbpublist at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 21:50:29 UTC 2017


I have been trying using a built classic VM (which works fine with 3.x
images but hangs on startup on every 1.x or 2.x image I've tried).  I last
built it from sources a year ago or more so I'll try downloading the latest
sources and try again.

It would be great to have this as an option for old images as the shipped
VMs from that time period seem have an annoying transparent window issue on
recent Linux distros so unless I put a black window behind the Squeak
window, it's very difficult to see what's going on (screenshot attached to
illustrate.).  Should anyone recalling the specifics of the VM builds back
then be reading: is this because true color depths weren't common back then
or is something else going on?


On Dec 15, 2017 6:28 PM, "David T. Lewis" <lewis at mail.msen.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 03:38:59PM -0500, Phil B wrote:
> > I was doing some spelunking on historical images and ran into a couple
> > issues...
> >
> > The page at files.squeak.org/2.8 has problems rendering (tag mismatch on
> > cpu-vendor-os in both Firefox and Chromium) so I can't get a download
> link.
> > (The 2.7 and 3.0 pages are fine so it appears specific to this version)
> >
> > Also on a somewhat related note, I am not able to run 1.x images using
> the
> > classic VM... should this be expected to work or is there another Linux
> VM
> > around that will work?
> The answer is "yes, but..."
> Yes, the classic VM runs images from Squeak 1.2 through 4.6.
> But, the official releases on http://squeakvm.org are out of date, so you
> have to compile it yourself. If you are using Linux, this is easy to do,
> see http://wiki.squeak.org/squeak/6354 for the instructions.
> For earlier images such as Squeak 1.1, try using SqueakJS (
> http://try.squeak.org).
> Dave
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