[opam-devel] call for help: opam history

Anil Madhavapeddy anil at recoil.org
Tue Sep 30 18:11:43 BST 2014

On 30 Sep 2014, at 18:06, Fabrice Le Fessant <Fabrice.Le_fessant at inria.fr> wrote:
> @Anil: yes, I kind of remember that there was a tool to automatically
> extract the meta-data from GODI packages and to translate it to
> "descr" files. However, the work of filling OPAM files with build and
> install instructions was not automated, to the best of my knowledge,
> so Frederic had to build every package and check that it would work
> well in OPAM. But of course, GODI should be credited, both for
> providing an inspiration for OPAM (we built on the experience we had
> of GODI and sometimes, of the problems we had with it) and for forcing
> many developers to package nicely their programs and libraries, so
> that we work of packaging them again was much more easy.

Yes, I think that's right -- it was just the descriptions and metadata
that were borrowed from GODI, with the build instructions being manually
edited to add (e.g.) the prefix and make macros.  That was quite a bit of

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