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From: malc <malc@p...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] native code toplevel
On Sat, 16 Nov 2002, Oleg wrote:

> 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?
Because its hell to implement?
 
> > 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?
Plese take my word, its far more complicated than just calling dlfcn.h 
functions.

> 
> > 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.
Uh-oh

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