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Date: 2003-02-26 (10:35)
From: Olivier Andrieu <andrieu@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Alternative proposal: COAN
 Sven Luther [Wednesday 26 February 2003] :
 > On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 10:47:47AM +0100, Michal Moskal wrote:
 > > On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 11:59:18PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
 > > > > Look how much perl modules is debianized and how much ocaml
 > > > > modules is.
 > > > 
 > > > This is because there are much more debian maintainers who package perl
 > > > stuff, than debian maintainers who package ocaml stuff. Also mostly we
 > > > prefer to package stuff we use, as it is much easier to do high quality
 > > > packages in these cases. And help is always welcome. I guess it is the
 > > > same for PLD too.
 > > 
 > > But the perl packages are *much* easier to package. And that's because
 > > they're standardized.
 > Well, i guess well written ocaml packages are quite easy to package

The problem is that every package has a different build system,
configuration system (Makefile targets), installation directories,
etc. Of course it is "easy" to package them : just issue the right
(Makefile or whatever) commands, set the right Makefile variables,
etc. The problem is that you have to spend some time figuring out
these commands. Ideally, it should be as simple as :

  perl Makefile.Pl
  python ./setup.py build

One more point is that ocaml is multi-platform : so this build system
should be able to run on unix, Windows, MacOS. Packages that wraps C
libraries will probably be platform-specific but it think it would be
nice if pure ocaml programs could be built the same way on every
platform supported by ocaml.

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