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From: Blair Zajac <blair@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Packaging OCaml for Linux
Jacques Garrigue wrote:
> From: Matt Gushee <>
>>I recently decided to try a new Linux distribution--Arch--and
>>quickly became an enthusiastic convert. Now, I've noticed that there is
>>no OCaml package for Arch Linux, and I would like to provide one. I'd
>>like to hear the community's opinion on a couple of questions:
>>1) Which OCaml distribution should be the basis for the Linux package:
>>   the basic distribution from INRIA, or GODI? Why do you think so?
> GODI is probably difficult to make into a package: it is a package
> manager itself.

Something that would be useful is to have a set of godi* packages in the 
system's native package management system that would ensure that the 
required packages godi needs to build are available.  It could then 
probably call godi_build and let godi handle the rest.

I spent a large amount of time with Fink determining which packages godi 
needs to build.  For example, to build camlimages and ensure that all 
image formats are enabled, required a good amount of time and a large 
number of packages.

Also, these godi* packages could set up a set of symbolic links from a 
godi managed directory back to the system's /usr/bin, say using stow.


Blair Zajac <>
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