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

> > >But the -pack option is not yet standardized, and not used in much
> > >cases, it seems to me.
> > It's brand new, so give it time (and we need to get it working on windows,
>It was in since 3.04, wasn't it ?

Nope, 3.05, so it's pretty new!

>You know from previous threads that i
>strongly advocate its use for all libraries, including pervasives, the
>standard library. This is for namespace control, not distribution.

I agree, hopefully the whole standard library will be -packed in the next 
release (assuming we fix the windows -pack, which is likely).  Perhaps that 
will break too much stuff, though...

There's also the question of how smart the linker is on packed 
objects...hopefully it will only link used modules and functions (and the C 
linker will do the same).  A few tests could answer this...

>Well, apple uses it (for darwin) so there should be no portability
>issues. But then, i would have done a ocaml reimplementation, which
>would allow to do some more advanced stuff, like checking for external
>dependencies, which are not packaged. This cannot be done with the
>standard dpkg/apt.

Yes, but if we don't even have time to use apt, we definitely don't have 
time to rewrite it.  :)  I think going with something that works but is 
nonoptimal is the way to start making progress on this problem.


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