[aur-general] Ocaml Packages

Thomas S Hatch thatch45 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 1 14:43:39 EST 2011

On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM, Xyne <xyne at archlinux.ca> wrote:

> Thomas S Hatch wrote:
> > I am looking at the state of the ArchLinux Ocaml packages. I am trying to
> > update a number of them and I am trying to build a number of ocaml
> > applications, but there are many incosistencies.
> >
> > The main problem is that there are ocaml packages that build with findlib
> > and without findlib, and they place the development libs in different
> > places. Also I have found a few packages that install libs in the findlib
> > dir AND in the ocaml dir.
> >
> > The two directories are :
> > findlib: /usr/lib/ocaml/site-lib
> > non-findlib: /usr/lib/ocaml
> >
> > Other distributions with more developed ocaml support, such as fedora and
> > Debian/Ubuntu have chosen to use findlib for all packages and they all
> > install to the /usr/lib/ocaml dir.
> >
> > So I am proposing for discussion, that we look into repairing the ocaml
> > packages to all use findlib and to install everything into
> /usr/lib/ocaml.
> >  Then we can have some peace on the ocaml front and we can do away with
> the
> > complications in the AUR with ocaml packages.
> >
> > I have adopted the ocaml-findlib package and a number of them have been
> > orphaned, (which I am picking up) but I wanted to run this by the TUs and
> > other AUR devs before I really considered revamping the ocaml landscape
> in
> > the AUR.
> >
> > -Thanks
> >
> > -Thomas S Hatch
> Standardizing the OCaml packages and bringing them in line with
> other distributions would be good.
> You should probably add a page to the wiki to document OCaml packaging
> guidelines. Include a link to guidelines among the others on the packaging
> standards page:
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Packaging_Standards
> While searching for existing OCaml guidelines in the wiki I found the
> following
> post, which may or may not be useful:
> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88588
> Regards,
> Xyne

Thanks Xyne, that helps, I am going to try and figure out the best way to
change the ocaml packaging process without just breaking all of the OCaml
packages, i will have the guidelines up shortly and star t moving towards
clean ArchLinux Ocaml.

-Thomas S Hatch

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