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0006199OCamlconfigure and build/installpublic2013-10-02 11:032014-06-04 22:05
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Summary0006199: Allow generating bytecode executables without the header
Descriptionocamlc generates bytecode executable starting with a header in charge of launching ocamlrun. Under Unix, this is a simple #! header (containing the absolute path of ocamlrun) and under Windows, this is an ad hoc program obtained from stdlib/header.c. This creates some issues:

  - Bootstrapping the compiler produces ocamlc/ocamllex executables (stored in the SVN) which depend on the machine where bootstrapping was done. Simply bootstrapping the same version on two different working copies will give different results.

  - The header encourages to not call ocamlrun explicitly, but this makes it difficult to provide a relocatable binary distribution of the toolchain, or simply to distribute a bytecode executable (if not compiled with -custom, we really need to call ocamlrun anyway).

  - Under Windows, the header is not tiny (about 223kB). (Arguably, we don't really care.) More importantly, maybe, is that calling a bytecode executable with the header creates two Windows processes, while using ocamlrun explicitly creates only one.

I propose to add a link-time flag to ocamlc to avoid inserting an header in the resulting program (and probably stop setting its executable flag). Or maybe this could simply be a special value for use_runtime. We would then use this flag so that the bootstrap tools (boot/ocamlc, boot/ocamllex) don't contain this header.

This will not fix the idempotency problem completely (because some local configuration values are hardcoded in, but it will be a good step in this direction. Having real idempotency of the bootstrap procedure would allow a nice application: checking in a CI server that the bootstrap fixpoint is reached in the SVN.
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Date Modified Username Field Change
2013-10-02 11:03 frisch New Issue
2014-06-04 22:05 doligez Severity minor => feature
2014-06-04 22:05 doligez Status new => confirmed
2017-02-23 16:38 doligez Category OCaml internal build/install (Makefiles, configure) => configure and build/install

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