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

Louis Gesbert louis.gesbert at ocamlpro.com
Thu Nov 27 08:06:59 GMT 2014

Indeed, to be honest, these are terms we use internally and the name of fields in the opam package format, but we should otherwise be explicit -- for the field names it's documented, but otherwise users aren't supposed to know about them.

On [1], the term appears as the name of a field under the "Optional dependecies" title so that seems clear enough ?


[1] https://opam.ocaml.org/doc/Packaging.html

Le lundi 24 novembre 2014, 13:33:41 Amir Chaudhry a écrit :
> 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,
> Amir
> [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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