[Teaching] Getting OCaml set up on a mac

Anil Madhavapeddy anil at recoil.org
Thu Jan 22 09:16:14 GMT 2015

Now merged.  There's a failure in the OPAM 1.1 compatibility case,
and I suspect a lot of students will have the latest Ubuntu and run
into this problem (14.10 has a broken OPAM out of the box due to an 
upstream packaging mismatch).

However, feedback from those trying it on OPAM 1.2 via:

   opam update
   opam install user-setup

would be appreciated.


> On 22 Jan 2015, at 00:05, Yaron Minsky <yminsky at janestreet.com> wrote:
> That seems great.  Can we get it merged in soon?  School in the US is
> starting up very very soon, and I suspect a number of different
> schools would find this very useful.
> y
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 7:04 PM, Anil Madhavapeddy <anil at recoil.org> wrote:
>> On 22 Jan 2015, at 00:00, Yaron Minsky <yminsky at janestreet.com> wrote:
>>> I was just chatting with Greg about this, and I wanted to broaden the
>>> question out: how should a teacher set up a mac environment using
>>> opam?  Ideally, it would be nice if we could give people a pretty
>>> simple script that would get them editor configs, tools like merlin
>>> and ocp-indent, and a set of libraries at fixed versions that won't
>>> change for the whole semester.
>>> Does anyone have a demo of such a thing set up?  Louis, how is your
>>> opam-in-a-box work coming along, and is it at a point where people can
>>> start using it?
>> It's not merged into OPAM yet, but see the user-setup.0.1 package that does
>> just this:
>> https://github.com/ocaml/opam-repository/pull/3428
>> Description:
>>> OPAM User Setup helper to configure various editors and tools for OCaml
>>> This package, currently in alpha, attempts to help initial setup for new OCaml
>>> users by automating the tedious task of adjusting editor and tool configuration.
>>> It will run after the installation of ocp-indent, merlin or similar tools and
>>> adjust the configuration for your available editors accordingly. It won't suit
>>> advanced users who prefer to do such things by hand anyway.
>> -anil

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