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Date: 2002-10-15 (04:32)
From: Sven LUTHER <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] CDK with Ocaml 3.06 (fwd)
On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 12:44:57AM +0200, Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> - Authors usually cannot test source packages on lots of platforms. Problems
>   range from /bin/sh incompatibilities to the Unix/Windows nightmare. Especially
>   for the latter I really don't know how to cope with it, because porting
>   Makefiles and scripts to Windows is time-intensive, and as a Unix fan
>   I have the attitude "let the Windows users do it".

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.

> These are not exoctic complications that are rarely found, they are normal.
> A reasonable source distribution format must deal with them, and there must
> be people willing to create such enhanced source packages. I don't say
> this is all impossible, but sure it is an ambitious project.

Yes, i also think so.


Sven Luther
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