OCaml and static linking (was old thread: Re: [Fedora-packaging] Issues with Ocaml and Static Linking)

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Sat Jun 2 14:21:32 UTC 2007

Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> If you,  Gérard, Hans, and the other people working on OCaml think the
> guidelines are ready we can discuss and vote to include them at next
> week's packaging meeting.  The committee is meeting at Tuesday at 17:00
> UTC for about an hour in #fedora-meeting on freenode IRC.

It's in my diary.

>> (3) OCaml contains a native code compiler, but that compiler hasn't been 
>> ported to all architectures that Fedora supports.  It has a bytecode 
>> compiler which works everywhere (but is interpreted and hence slow).  I 
>> haven't been very careful about detecting if native code is supported on 
>> the current architecture.
>>    --> ExcludeArch and/or lots of nasty %ifarch sections in %files.
>>    --> I don't have a non-native arch to test on.
> What's missing?  ppc64?  Is there a possibility of support being added
> upstream?  I can't think of any other packages/languages that have this
> problem offhand.  We may need to do something nasty with subpackages and
> %ifarch but I'd rather avoid that if possible.  I don't know how
> possible that is, though.

I ended up copying the solution that Debian use -- when building detect 
if ocamlopt (the native code compiler) is available.


I built four packages this way, testing on a "simulated" bytecode-only 


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