[wg-windows] Interim solution for OPAM on Windows
jonathan.protzenko at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 18:20:56 BST 2015
David's email reminded me that I forgot to tell the world about this
horrible hack that I did a while ago.
http://protz.github.io/ocaml-installer/ now offers an installer with
OPAM. The toolchain is the usual one (native compilers / generating
native windows programs / using mingw64 32-bit compilers). However, the
installer now installs an "opam" program in c:\ocaml\bin. The opam
program is a *cygwin 32-bit binary*, so it only works within a cygwin
32-bit terminal. I got as far as doing "opam init" and "opam install
a-whole-bunch-of-packages", including mezzo and all its dependencies,
batteries, and a couple others.
All in all, I hope it'll provide a good enough interim solution until
David finishes everything and I can, eventually, retire my installer :).
- there is a massive dependency on cygwin now as your build + opam
- that won't help with "sophisticated" packages (e.g. openssl, lablgtk)
because afaik, you still have to fight to install and compile the gtk /
openssl libraries yourself on windows;
- I don't expect opam switch to work at all... it wouldn't make much
Feedback is welcome.
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