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From: Francois Berenger <mlists@ligand.eu>
To: "Stéphane Glondu" <steph@glondu.net>
Cc: "Daniel Bünzli" <daniel.buenzli@erratique.ch>,
	"Ocaml Mailing List" <caml-list@inria.fr>,
	caml-list-request@inria.fr
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enogh of them?
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:47:37 +0900
Message-ID: <ed90d4ee7b4752814d49e705e8393afa@ligand.eu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <947dc3fd-50b3-28d4-c72e-64efc3d6f8de@glondu.net>

On 07/12/2018 22:22, Stéphane Glondu wrote:
> Le 07/12/2018 à 08:31, Daniel Bünzli a écrit :
>>> The problem here is you've gone and invented a second package 
>>> manager. 
>> 
>> The problem here is rather that the fragmentation around system 
>> package managers renders the development of a consistent and 
>> cross-platform package set like is being done in the opam-repository 
>> largely undoable without an indirection -- the latter materializing as 
>> these nth (sadly usually language specific) package managers.
>> 
>>> Linux distros already have a package manager, used by users and
>>> developers alike. The package manager solves a whole lot of stuff
>>> like maintaining the whole system, dependencies, releases, security 
>>> updates,
>>> mirroring and distribution, etc. Having a second one (and let's face
>>> it if you're using things like npm, cargo, etc., a third, fourth)
>>> complicates everything.
>> 
>> It surely does. 
>> 
>> I suspect that if linux distributions had agreed on a single package 
>> manager (or even metadata format and package **names**), if this one 
>> had added a few developer friendly features (e.g. universes to easily 
>> distinguish what you want to compile a project from what you want for 
>> your system) and if it had been ported to other platforms we wouldn't 
>> need all these language specific package managers. But that's a lot of 
>> unfufilled ifs...
> 
> If everybody had agreed on a single language, we wouldn't need all 
> these
> language specific package managers either :-) Replace "language" by
> "operating system" or "platform" or ...
> 
> Each package manager has its own set of features ("developer
> friendly"-ness is just a matter of taste IMHO)... You sound like system
> package managers have no features, but the example you give
> ("distinguish what you want to compile a project from what you want for
> your system") is supported by the Debian toolchain (and I guess 
> others).
> I haven't been very much impressed by opam (I mean, the package manager
> itself) so far, actually there are basic features that are missing (or
> not obvious) in opam (such as redistributable binary packages).

Hello,

I asked a long time ago for this feature in opam:

"support for binary packages"
https://github.com/ocaml/opam/issues/1159

Note that, as Richard just suggested, if opam was able to synthetize
package descriptions for rpm/deb, we would gain binary packages for 
free.

Regards,
F.


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Thread overview: 70+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-26 10:14 Oliver Bandel
2018-11-26 16:41 ` Yawar Amin
2018-11-26 16:57   ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-26 17:15     ` Yawar Amin
2018-11-26 20:33       ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-26 20:47         ` Yawar Amin
2018-11-26 20:54           ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-26 21:19             ` Yawar Amin
2018-11-26 21:29               ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-26 22:16                 ` SP
2018-11-27  5:24                   ` Malcolm Matalka
2018-11-28  0:20                     ` SP
2018-11-27  6:11                   ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-27  8:45                     ` SF Markus Elfring
2018-11-28  0:04                     ` SP
2018-11-27  9:27                 ` SF Markus Elfring
2018-11-27 10:08                   ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-27 10:28                     ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enough " SF Markus Elfring
2018-11-27 10:34                       ` Julia Lawall
2018-11-27 11:05                         ` Jean-Francois Monin
2018-11-27 11:00                           ` Kakadu
2018-11-27 13:18                             ` Malcolm Matalka
2018-11-28  1:52                               ` Francois Berenger
2018-11-28 15:21                             ` Ian Zimmerman
2018-11-27 13:07                     ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enogh " Jean-Marc Alliot
2018-12-06 12:21               ` Richard W.M. Jones
2018-12-06 16:10                 ` Yawar Amin
2018-12-06 20:18                   ` Richard W.M. Jones
2018-12-07  7:31                     ` Daniel Bünzli
2018-12-07  7:44                       ` [Caml-list] What happened to the 'ancient' library for OCaml? Francois Berenger
2018-12-07  8:24                         ` Richard W.M. Jones
2018-12-07  8:26                       ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enogh of them? Richard W.M. Jones
2018-12-07  9:01                         ` Daniel Bünzli
2018-12-07 13:22                       ` Stéphane Glondu
2018-12-08  0:58                         ` Daniel Bünzli
2018-12-13 23:45                           ` SP
2018-12-11  2:47                         ` Francois Berenger [this message]
2018-12-07 13:12                     ` Malcolm Matalka
2018-11-27 14:32             ` Anil Madhavapeddy
2018-11-27 14:35     ` Gerd Stolpmann
2018-11-30 15:23   ` Louis Gesbert
2018-11-26 22:44 ` Jaap Boender
2018-11-26 22:55   ` Simon Cruanes
2018-11-27 13:29     ` Oliver Bandel
2018-11-27 13:45       ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation tools - not enough " SF Markus Elfring
2018-11-27 15:06       ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enogh " Simon Cruanes
2018-11-27 15:49         ` Oliver Bandel
2018-11-27 16:27           ` Daniel Bünzli
2018-11-27 17:46             ` Jaap Boender
2018-11-28 11:47               ` Jeremie Dimino
2018-12-01 15:12                 ` [Caml-list] How to start with the curren toolset? Hendrik Boom
2018-12-01 16:56                   ` Ian Zimmerman
2018-12-02 15:27                   ` Daniel Bünzli
2018-12-02 23:36                     ` David Allsopp
2018-12-03  2:19                     ` [Caml-list] let's give a try at opam-bundle Francois Berenger
2018-12-02 17:44                   ` [Caml-list] confusing message in opam installer Hendrik Boom
2018-12-02 17:50                     ` Julia Lawall
2018-12-05 19:07                       ` Raja Boujbel - OCamlPro
2018-11-27 16:27           ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation tools - not enough of them? SF Markus Elfring
2018-11-27 17:09           ` [Caml-list] Build-/Installation-Tools - not enogh " Markus Mottl
2018-11-30 12:41             ` [Caml-list] <DKIM> " Vu Ngoc San
2018-12-07 15:19             ` [Caml-list] " oliver
2018-11-27 16:52       ` Hendrik Boom
2018-11-27 14:11     ` Jaap Boender
2018-11-27  2:33   ` Francois Berenger
2018-11-27 13:31     ` Oliver Bandel
2018-11-27 13:40 ` John F Carr
2018-11-30 16:31   ` Louis Gesbert
2018-12-01  5:01     ` Louis Roché
2018-12-03  0:16     ` Edwin Török

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