[ocaml-platform] Bytes

Fabrice Le Fessant Fabrice.Le_fessant at inria.fr
Mon Jun 27 10:59:25 BST 2016

On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 10:37 PM Gabriel Scherer <gabriel.scherer at gmail.com>

> On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 3:46 PM, Fabrice Le Fessant <
> Fabrice.Le_fessant at inria.fr> wrote:
>> To the best of my knowledge, that package was already in OPAM before your
>> bytes version was added in `ocamlfind`. It was then removed.
> For the record, the idea of a compatibility package emerged in a
> discussion on the public #ocaml IRC channel on May 3, 2014. It was
> implemented on May 4 and whitequark and myself contacted Gerd Stolpmann to
> know if he preferred it see it included in ocamlfind on May 5, and Gerd
> included it in ocamlfind SVN on the same day -- but the next ocamlfind
> release came later, on June 25.
> Pierre Chambart create his independent version on May 10 and integrated it
> in OPAM on May 22. I'm sure he was not aware of the ongoing bytes-compat
> work. It's a near-miss, unfortunately, as he connected on-and-off on the
> IRC channel around that time (but not during bytes-compat discussions), and
> Thomas Gazagnaire had a patch in ocamlfind on May 5 as well.

A long time ago, we had caml-list and Mantis. Now, to follow such
discussions, we have to be on IRC, read many mailing-lists (but for
example, discussions on opam for Windows did not even happen on
wg-windows), follow Github PRs on OCaml and opam-repository projects...
Maybe we should stop using so many communication channels, and just use the
caml-list for such large audience discussions ?

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