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Date: 2002-10-15 (04:53)
From: Chris Hecker <checker@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] CDK with Ocaml 3.06 (fwd)

>At least for the windows solution, i strongly think a binary
>distribution mechanism is what is needed for the users and also would
>save a lot of time and 'howto build' kind of questions on the mailing
>lists. There is no reason not to do so, i am no windows expert, but
>windows offer a stable set of libraries and other system component that
>can be relied upon to install ocaml binary packages upon. This already
>works for ocaml itself.

Yes, binary distribution would work fine on windows.  Bytecode binary 
distribution for most libraries should work fine on all platforms.

I think at this point it's more important to do something small and get it 
going than it is to solve all possible package management problems.  Even 
something that just allowed a standard way of getting a tar ball of source 
for a given package and for its dependencies would be better than nothing, 
and we could improve it as we went.

The -pack option made this a lot simpler, because now libraries can be 
distributed as a single module.  If we make some relatively simple 
standards for build targets I think we can start making progress.

Of course, if something like apt would just work for us (on all platforms, 
source and binary), then that would be excellent and we should just start 
using it.


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