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findlib help: how to specify dependencies against non-findlib packages ?
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Date: 2006-10-02 (15:39)
From: Guillaume Rousse <Guillaume.Rousse@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] findlib help: how to specify dependencies against non-findlib packages ?
Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> Am Montag, den 02.10.2006, 15:30 +0200 schrieb Guillaume Rousse:
>> Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
>>> Am Montag, den 02.10.2006, 11:24 +0200 schrieb Guillaume Rousse:
>>>> I'm trying to add findlibsupport for camlimages.
>>>> It has a dependency on graphics, which is easily handled by adding a
>>>> require variable in META file, as graphics provides findlib support.
>>>> However, camlimages can also get compiled with either lablgtk or
>>>> lablgtk2 support (not both of them, as they have conflicting symbols),
>>>> but none of those packages have findlib support. It means I can't
>>>> ressort to smart dependency computation. I may eventually use the
>>>> linkopts variable to add explicit linking flags (such as -I
>>>> place/to/lablgtk2 lablgtk.cma), but this seem to be only possible for
>>>> linking, not for compiling, whereas I also need to pass -I
>>>> place/to/lablgtk2 option during compilation.
>>>> So, is this just not possible at all ?
>>> Of course, it is possible: ...
>> I'm speaking of incoming camlimages 3.0.0 release, not of camlimages
>> packages in some distribution. I can't interfere with already existing
>> lablgtk/lablgtk2 installation, unless there is a way to do it privately
>> to camlimages itself.
> Sorry, I misunderstood you.
> In general, findlib assumes that prerequisite packages already have
> findlib support. There is no clean built-in way to cope with the
> situation, simply because if several packages depended on lablgtk and
> fixed the missing META file in their own way it would not be possible to
> resolve dependencies cleanly anymore.
> What you can still do is to define a subpackage
> camlimages.lablgtk_substitute (syntax see below) and to depend on this
> subpackage if you see that lablgtk is installed without META file
> (otherwise just depend on lablgtk). This subpackage contains the
> substitute for the missing META file. However, as said this is no really
> clean solution but probably the best you can do.
The cleaner solution would be to push META support to lablgtk maintainer
directly. Does anyone already tried ?

> You can define subpackages in META files with this syntax:
> <this is the META file for camlimages>
> package "lablgtk_substitute" (
>   <META directives>
> )
> The subpackage can then be referred to as camlimages.lablgtk_substitute.
> For a complete example see the camlp4 META file coming with findlib. 
> As lablgtk is usually installed below the standard library directory,
> you can refer to this directory using
> directory = "+lablgtk"
> Hope this helps.
That was exactly what I needed, thanks. I just have to handle the
conditional META support in lablgtk now.

> You might also be interested in how GODI generates a
> META file for the current version of camlimages (it assumes, however,
> that lablgtk is installed _with_ META file):
> https://gps.dynxs.de/svn/godi-build/trunk/godi/godi-camlimages/create-META
Well, I hope this won't be necessary anymore with next release, if I
understood correctly how to generate it myself.

You're welcome to checkout current CVS version of camlimages to check.
Guillaume Rousse
Projet Estime, INRIA
Domaine de Voluceau
Rocquencourt - B.P. 105
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex - France