Proposal ocaml guidelines

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Fri May 4 09:44:09 UTC 2007

Hans de Goede wrote:
> The proposal I mailed to the list yesterday is now available here:

What's the thinking behind removing *.mli by default?  Even in packages 
which are well documented, the *.mli files are the definitive reference 
for programmers.  I think they should always be in the -devel subpackage.

Debian even include *.ml files in certain situations:

$ dpkg -S /usr/lib/ocaml/3.08.3/
ocaml-nox: /usr/lib/ocaml/3.08.3/

Along the same lines I notice that there is no version information in 
the path.  Early on Debian used the major.minor format (eg. 
/usr/lib/ocaml/3.06/) but they found out the hard way that the *.cmo & 
*.cmx format can change incompatibly on every release (even bugfixes) so 
they now put the full version number in the path.  See:


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