[opam-devel] Possibly dumb question re deps, opts, exts, etc

Amir Chaudhry amc79 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Nov 24 13:33:41 GMT 2014

Hi folks,

Apologies if this naive but I wonder if the terms we use to describe dependencies are widely used.  I ask because I've only learned the meanings by osmosis and some quick google searching doesn't lead me to any neat explanations. Had I come across these for the first time by myself, I'd likely be confused (I didn't find them self-explanatory in the beginning).

* Dep(s) -- Dependencies
* depopt(s) -- Optional dependency
* depext(s) -- External dependency

Am I missing any?  I wondered about writing a short blog post or glossary so that these terms might surface somewhere more easily [1] (I do note that 'depopt' appears once in the packaging instructions [2]).

I thought I'd post this here just in case it provokes some thoughts.  

Best wishes,

[1] Something similar to http://mirror.ocamlcore.org/ocaml-tutorial.org/glossary.html
[2] https://opam.ocaml.org/doc/Packaging.html

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