[opam-devel] ows reports

Roberto Di Cosmo roberto at dicosmo.org
Tue Sep 30 16:25:23 BST 2014

Hi Thomas,
   let me try to explain again my point of view: ows.irill.org tells us, for
each package and version, and each compiler version for which it is compatible,
whether it can be installed or not.

If not, one can get a detailed explanation of why it is not installable, that a
package maintainer can use to track down the issue.

It's really that simple: ows does nothing else than showing this factual,
verifiable information.

In particular, it does not try to solve the difficult issue of finding who is to
blame for a particular broken package, that's up to the release manager or the
package maintainers: if a package P marked "available" for 3.12 cannot compile
because it depends on a package Q that has no version "available" for 3.12,
it is broken nonetheless, and it must be reported, because a user may try
to install it and see it fail. I do not understand why you want to change

I'm sure in front of a blackboard things would be much easier to explain, both
ways, and we will certainly find common grounds then, so let's postpone this
discussion to the first occasion we can do that


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