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Date: 2010-12-07 (08:21)
From: Alain Frisch <alain@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: Pre-compiled ocaml binary for windows
On 12/07/2010 01:24 AM, Sylvain Le Gall wrote:
> Here is the list so far:
> 1. no build system setup : Martin who first did the packaging, didn't
>     have included how to build ocaml/findlib neither the binaries itself.
>     So basically you need to build by hand to generate the .msi. This is
>     not a big issue but for a collective effort it is better to have a
>     common way to build the binaries
> 2. some environment variables are not set and make ocaml crash (AFAIR, we
>     doesn't set OCAMLIB)
> 3. we don't ship the graphical toplevel
> 4. I am still not sure how to deal with ActiveTCL + OCaml (because of the
>     ActiveTCL license)
> 5. Total lack of documentation

Do you plan to support ocamlopt?  If yes, the users will have to install 
a toolchain (at least, an assembler+linker). Mingw has the advantage of 
producing binaries that depend only on msvcrt.dll (available on any 
fresh Windows installation), not on a specific version of 
msvcr80.dll/msvcr90.dll. But Windows users might prefer to install a 
version of VS Express or a Windows SDK.

Not building labltk seems ok. As for the graphical toplevel, I think 
there are some pending bugs (random crashes) with the current version 
under recent versions of Windows, so it's probably better not to include 
it. Some support for installing the emacs mode automatically and/or a 
version of ledit would be useful replacements.

-- Alain