Toplevel script mode

From: Ian T Zimmerman (
Date: Tue Apr 06 1999 - 10:07:27 MET DST

Subject: Toplevel script mode
From: Ian T Zimmerman <>
Date: 06 Apr 1999 01:07:27 -0700

Here's some code from ocaml-2.02/toplevel/


(* Toplevel initialization. Performed here instead of at the
   beginning of loop() so that user code linked in with ocamlmktop
   can call directives from Topdirs. *)

let _ =
  Sys.interactive := true;
  Clflags.thread_safe := true;

let load_ocamlinit () =
  if Sys.file_exists ".ocamlinit" then ignore(use_silently ".ocamlinit")

(* The interactive loop *)


(* Execute a script *)

let run_script name =
  toplevel_env := Compile.initial_env();
  Format.set_formatter_out_channel stderr;
  use_silently name

So, in script mode, Compile.init_path() is called twice, defeating the
purpose of hoisting it into pre-main code in the first place, as the
first comment explains it. I think this is a bug.

Also, I don't see any reason why script mode should omit calling
.ocamlinit. It does present a security risk, I think, but that
applies to the interactive case as well, and should be best handled by
adding a command line option to the toplevel to disable it.

Here's a patch (without the new option :-)

--- /home/itz/ Tue Apr 6 00:57:59 1999
+++ /usr/src/ocaml-2.02/toplevel/ Sat Apr 3 23:33:31 1999
@@ -311,7 +311,7 @@
 (* Execute a script *)
 let run_script name =
- Compile.init_path();
   toplevel_env := Compile.initial_env();
   Format.set_formatter_out_channel stderr;
+ load_ocamlinit ();
   use_silently name

Ian T Zimmerman                        <>
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was that the condemned man had no chance at all, absolutely none.
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