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Date: 2004-03-03 (23:06)
From: Kenneth Knowles <kknowles@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] [ANNOUNCE] Development versions: ocamlconf, ASPCC
> That's good but I would prefer to use OCaml and avoid makefiles
> altogether, similar to how Python's distutils just uses Python.  Then we
> could have more sophisticated build rules with fixed points etc. (as
> John Max Skaller described in a post a while back.)

Ok, well I totally agree with this, and if anyone has any fixpoint-based
building code, a grand build system could really be in the works... 

Does ocaml ever really need fixpoints (except for the compiler itself)?  If this
is to be ocaml-centric (like I assume python's distutils are) then it seems like
digests of files like Cook uses would be sufficient...  TeX is the only thing I
know that needs fixpoint computations.

Besides that I see a lot of value in the semantic separation of configuration -
determine what requirements and options a site has - and building.  I even like
the user interface of 'configure && make && make install'

If the make and the make install steps were written in ocaml, great.  In
particular I think almost all of 'make install' should be handled by findlib, so
it really just needs (1) improvements to ocamlconf (2) build tool (3) probably
some more flexibility to findlib.


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