[opam-devel] [opam-dockerfiles] Bytecode only switches

Anil Madhavapeddy anil at recoil.org
Tue Feb 9 10:09:01 GMT 2016

On 8 Feb 2016, at 22:07, Daniel Bünzli <daniel.buenzli at erratique.ch> wrote:
> Having seen a worrying trend of people submitting package with ad-hoc installers made out of Makefile targets that will fail in various fashions on more constrained switches, I think it would be good to have at least one distribution with a bytecode only switch. This would ensure that packages are able to build in such constrained environment. 
> Bytecode only switches are useful for ocaml language/runtime/compiler researchers and to use OCaml on more esoteric platforms that lack native-code support.

Agreed -- I run into this frequently when porting to OpenBSD PowerPC, and it's much easier to fix it as we go along.

Would anyone have time to put together an OPAM bytecode-compiler-only switch for 4.02.3?  I can create the base packages easily then.


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