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Date: 2005-10-26 (20:53)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Windows, Godi, Findlib and all that
Am Mittwoch, den 26.10.2005, 09:32 -0400 schrieb Yaron Minsky:
> I've been trying to figure out what the state of OCaml on Windows is,
> and I'm wondering if anyone on the list can help me out.  I've been
> trying to get godi, findlib and integration with MS excel going at the
> same time.  The problem is that these approaches appear at first
> glance to be incompatible.  Here are the dependencies that I know
> about.
> 1. Godi works only on cygwin, and isn't supported even with mingw.

Porting Godi to mingw has become quite important. It is now
top-priority, but apparently not simple. A lot of preliminary work has
already been done, especially getting rid of all the C helper programs
(this is not yet released, though), so the port has only to deal with
O'Caml programs and shell scripts.

However, there is no solution in the short term. I expect the release of
the mingw port in summer 2006.

> 2. Findlib works with cygwin -or- mingw, but doesn't work with the native build

This should be doable. Findlib is a pure O'Caml program, and the system
side is very simple. Although I don't know what is going wrong, I
suspect the calling conventions of external programs are different.
Findlib executes ocamlc as subprocess.

> 3. The real windows support (win32 libraries and ocamole, the latter
> of which provides Excel integration), only work with the native build.

I have actually no idea whether this can be ported to mingw, or whether
one can at least link mingw- and msvc-generated libraries together. The
mingw web site says this is possible.


> Does anyone have a sense of whether any of these issues can be
> overcome?  How much work, for instance, would it take to get findlib
> working on the native win32 build?  How about Godi?  How about getting
> theings like ocamole working with the mingw build?
> Thanks,
> Yaron Minsky
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