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From: skaller <skaller@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Executable size?
On Fri, 2003-11-14 at 06:58, John J Lee wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, Eric Dahlman wrote:

> 
> OK.  Getting back to the original question again (how to reduce data to be
> transferred over the network), both O'Caml and C statically link this
> runtime stuff, right?  So, why is O'Caml's "hello world" (compressed) 45k,
> to C's 1 or 2k?  Is that 43k the garbage collector?  Or is it mostly that
> O'Caml, in contrast to C, is linking in a bunch of stuff from its standard
> library that isn't strictly required for "hello world"?  Or something else
> again??
> 
> Hope I'm not going round in circles here...

The Ocaml equivalent of a C stub program which dynamically
links to the C run time is bytecode.

Ocaml native code compiler, at least on the x86,
does not generate relocatable code, and so Ocaml 
library functions cannot be dynamically linked.
[At present .. :]

In my opinion, you best bet is to generate bytecode
and distribute that. Your clients WILL have to download
the bigger ocamlrun driver harness, but hopefully
only once.


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