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From: Chris Hecker <checker@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Alternative proposal: COAN

>The single thing that I think would make the biggest difference for the
>OCaml community is a central repository for OCaml source code --
>something analogous to the CPAN archive for PERL modules.  I'm aware of
>all the thorny problems involved in really doing something like this
>"right" for OCaml, but frankly I'd rather have something simple and
>useful, now, than the right thing, someday.

I think this is true, and was my motivation for "voting" for the SF project 
to be created.  I figured once we got the SF thing going, we could turn it 
into a kinda cheapo version of this.  We mirror a bunch of library code 
from other open source caml projects in the tree, in some pseudo-standard 
layout.  Somebody writes a really simple xml schema describing what's up 
there and the dependencies.  Somebody writes a really simple thing to parse 
that and suck down the latest version (either from cvs or by talking to the 
cvsweb client) from the command line, like apt-get or ActivePerl's ppm, and 
attempt to install it.  It would be lame, but it would work for simple 
stuff.  I think getting something/anything started will be a step in that 
direction.

Chris

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