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Date: 2010-02-25 (18:34)
From: David Allsopp <dra-news@m...>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] OCaml on Maemo
Sebastian Mondet wrote:
> On my N810, thanks to the "easy debian" technique:
> I got access to all the ocaml packages which are available on debian-ARM.
Everything I tried
> worked perfectly (but I only tried "text mode" apps).

That seemed a little heavy for the first day of having it but I've
bookmarked the link for the future!

Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> Yes, I've tried similar years ago on the N800 (Maemo 4, however). I ran
into this problem at
> that time: The ARM code
generator was changed
> since then (will be released in Ocaml 3.12). Haven't tried that yet,
> So far I remember the byte code compiler was no problem at all. Only the
native-code compiler had > these problems with FP instructions.

I had the same experience with 3.11.2 - the error message from configure
could be better, but that won't matter once it's fixed in 3.12.0 (as you

Martin DeMello wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 9:44 PM, David Allsopp <>
> > My shiny new Nokia N900 has finally arrived so, of course, having got
> > bash, vim and texlive successfully installed I naturally need a
> > compiler!
> >
> > Before I dig into trying to compile OCaml on Maemo 5, can I ask if
> > anyone else out there has already tried (and hopefully succeeded)?
> No, I've mostly been playing with Vala since I got mine, but I'd love to
> hear how you manage with it. It's definitely on my to-do list.

Enabling the SDK repository allowed me to install bash, make, gcc,
libc6-dev, tcl8.5-dev, tk8.5-dev and libx11-dev.

(aside, which probably demonstrates my ignorance more than a bug/problem in
anything: I've never used aptitude before - I was amused that installing gcc
doesn't automatically upgrade glibc to the dev version as you end up with a
C compiler which can't link. Couldn't quite imagine a situation where that's
handy but hey ho!)

OCaml 3.12.0+dev17 compiles out of the box (using -prefix /opt/maemo) -
ocamlbrowser works (i.e. labltk) and ocamlopt is fine. The reference run of
a command line app of mine takes 5 mins 20 sec (impressive as it takes 31
seconds on my Intel P8600 laptop and used to take about 4:30 on the machine
on which it was originally developed).