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From: Oleg <oleg_inconnu@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] native code toplevel
On Saturday 16 November 2002 06:16 pm, malc wrote:
> On Sat, 16 Nov 2002, Oleg wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I found the same question in the archives, but with no answers: why isn't
> > there a native code toplevel? Sometimes I need high performance and
> > interactivity (CMUCL can do it, why not O'Caml?)
>
> Let's see. We have following obstacles:
> a) Ocaml relies on external tools to generate native code (assembler,
>    linker)

It could call those external tools. Why not?

> b) Ocaml has no way to dynamically load .cmx or .cmxa

I don't know about other platforms, but Solaris and Linux have dlopen, dlsym 
and dlclose. Couldn't it use those?

> And here is a real show stoper - no way to pick suitable name for the
> executable, i mean, ocaml - toplevel, ocamlc - compiler, ocamlopt -
> "optimizing" compiler. Quite simply, there is no space for such a beast.

I would readily give up bytecode for native code. Alternatively, I would 
settle for pretty much any name.

Oleg
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