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From: Pierre Weis <pierre.weis@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] CDK with Ocaml 3.06 (fwd)
[...]
> > 2) if we really need such a feature (for example just to have
> >    transparent access to packages between different linux distributions
> >    or between linux and windows and mac and ... worlds) who is
> >    responsible to keep an archive of available package gettable via
> >    ocamlfind or whatevere else?
> >    CPAN, APT, and other approaches work because someon set up an
> >    official or de-facto-official archive (Well, APT also support other
> >    repositories, but official one are the most used and trusted ...).
> 
> If this happens, maybe we can prevail on inria and the ocaml team to
> make disk space available to us ?

Yes, indeed. There is no problem of disk space here. The problem is to
grant access in a secure and reliable way.

> > 3) ocaml packages are usually distributed as source packages and we have
> >    not a standardized way to build and install them, the success of
> >    CPAN, APT, are due to the facts that _or_ the distribution is in
> >    binary form with standardadized file system sructure _or_ the
> >    distribution is in source form with standardized compilation and
> >    installation procedure
> 
> Yes, this is the problematic part.

I think we can set up a standardized compilation and installation
procedure (meaning a standard Makefile for libraries, based on the
configuration set up by the original Ocaml installation). We can start
with the Caml team maintained software (the ``bazaar'') and encourage
people to do the same for their own software by storing (and
distributing) it on our server. This could be a lot of book-keeping
but we could probably manage it...

Pierre Weis

INRIA, Projet Cristal, Pierre.Weis@inria.fr, http://pauillac.inria.fr/~weis/


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