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From: David Allsopp <dra-news@m...>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] Re: OCaml on Windows help
> It was challenging though to get the windows executable and lib paths set
> correctly so that ocamlopt would use the tools it was designed for.  (I
> had several versions of many programs that were for other unrelated
> purposes.)  As best as I can tell, I also had to rebuild OCaml because I
> was using MSVC 6 and getting link errors.   I think this was due to 
> ocamlopt trying to combine the released version of 3.10.0 with the run 
> time libraries that I have which mixed versions of the MSVC libraries.

Unless you've got a compelling reason to use the Microsoft toolchain, I've
always found that building OCaml from source using Cygwin/MinGW is
painless... below is my complete build procedure which gives OCaml 3.09.3
with ocamlopt support (with due credit to My installation
prevents Cygwin from being integrated with the Windows shell because I use
the Win32 ports of the UNIX tools rather than Cygwin's.


Run D:\Maintenance\Software\Tcl 8.3.2.exe
	Install to C:\Dev\Tcl
	Install "Tcl Run-Time Files" and "Header and Library Files" only
	Set LIB=C:\Dev\Tcl\lib
	The restart option just logs off so restart manually
Run D:\Repositories\Cygwin\setup.exe
	In Devel, add
	Remove C:\cygwin\bin from PATH
Start Bash
	$ mkdir /cygdrive/c/Dev/Src
	$ cd /cygdrive/c/Dev/Src
	$ cp /cygdrive/d/Maintenance/Software/OCaml/ocaml-3.09.3.tar.gz .
	$ tar -xzf ocaml-3.09.3.tar.gz
	$ cd ocaml-3.09.3
	$ cp config/m-nt.h config/m.h
	$ cp config/s-nt.h config/s.h
	$ cp config/Makefile.mingw config/Makefile
	$ sed -i -e '20s/=.*$/=C:\/Dev\/OCaml/' -e
'113s/=.*$/=C:\/Dev\/Tcl/' config/Makefile
	$ make -f Makefile.nt world bootstrap opt opt.opt install
	$ sed -i -e 's/\//\\/g' /cygdrive/c/Dev/OCaml/lib/ld.conf
	$ exit
Ensure that C:\Dev\Tcl\bin is in the PATH, add C:\Dev\OCaml\bin
Set OCAMLLIB to C:\Dev\OCaml\lib
Copy C:\cygwin\bin\{cygwin1.dll,cygintl-3.dll,cygiconv-2.dll} to
C:\WINDOWS\system32 and
C:\cygwin\bin\{ar.exe,as.exe,dlltool.exe,gcc.exe,ranlib.exe} to