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Date: 2002-10-18 (11:25)
From: Maxence Guesdon <maxence.guesdon@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Is Caml a fraud ( especially on Windows )?
> The third incident was trying to get cameleon to compile on Windows.
> At the time I tried this, several other people were asking  about
> cameleon problems, so one of the creators did something incredibly
> stupid. He created a seperate mailing list for cameleon problems.
> It was incredibly stupid because the two major problems I had were:
> 1) A camlp4 problem, and 2) the path of cl.exe. These were two
> problems where the problem was with caml in general, and it would 
> help to have the input of the people on the mailing list. I suspect
> many cameleon problems are like that.

I created the cameleon-list because, suddenly, there seemed to be various users having problems compiling cameleon, and the caml-list is NOT the place to discuss about it. The cameleon-list is the good place to post such messages, as you won't bother caml-list subscribers not interested in cameleon.
You may think it's stupid, it's your opinion. But I think that people on this list will agree with me. 
BTW, sending error reports just saying "it fails" IS stupid : I had to ask you for the error messages...

> These problems don't stop there though. The cameleon web page claims
> that it runs on both Unix and Windows. But I've had several major
> problems getting it to compile on Windows. The final one came when I
> finally got the compiler to run on a file, only to be told that there
> were some invalid parameters. Upon examination I discover that the
> parameters are library parameters for a C compiler, so now it looks
> like I will have to rewrite pretty much the whole build system for
> cameleon. Frankly I don't particularly like rewriting build systems
> for systems that I am not that familiar with.

AS replied by Remi, I don't claim Cameleon works on Windows, but should work on Cygwin under Windows, which is different.

As you may have read on the cameleon-list, if someone wants to port the building system of Cameleon to Windows, i'll be happy to add it to the cameleon distrib. I can't do everything. Please don't blame people for not doing something YOU need.

> But worse. I have to build cameleon in order to get ocamldebug.
> Even if I get it to build I am likely to have troubles, if as I
> suspect it is gdb based. So I'm likely to spend a lot of time trying
> to get something to work that will probably fail anyway. Time I could
> and should spend learning a programming language.

I know I should not say that but here it comes : What about spending some time reading docs ?

Maxence Guesdon
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