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Date: 1999-12-14 (07:50)
From: Norman Ramsey <nr@e...>
Subject: OCaml and tail recursion
Dear Camllists,

I have just completed my first nontrival Caml program (an implementation
of the rsync algorithm) and I am distressed about the treatment of
tail calls.  My code has to go through files one character at a time,
and as an SML programmer from way back, I wrote the code using three
mutually recursive functions that make tail calls to each other.
Imagine my surprise when I started getting errors with stack overflow!
Apparently ocamlc doesn't optimize tail calls.  I made some progress
by using ocamlopt, but I miss being able to use the debugger.
Do experienced Camllists have any suggestions?


Norman