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Date: 2009-09-24 (14:49)
From: Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OC4MC : OCaml for Multicore architectures
On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 04:40:53PM +0300, Rakotomandimby Mihamina wrote:
> I dont write so much programs that would really require multiple cores.
> But I think this is such a good "feature" that should be inclided in
> the main distribution...

I think you miss what does that would mean in terms of efforts for
maintaining the corresponding packages. De facto, it would mean
duplicating all source packages of the libraries you want to be able to
build against ocaml 3.10.2 + OC4MC.

You want PCRE? then you need two PCRE packages (3.11 and 3.10.2 4MC)
You want ocamlnet? then you need two ocamlnet packages

You got the picture :-)

Additionally, it would also mean supporting in-house potential security
problems arising for old version of the compiler (or even 3rd party
libraries when you will be forced to "fork" then due to source-level
incompatibilities between versions) without any upstream support.

Not fun.


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