Re: Fwd: Cryptokit port to Numerix
On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 01:30:01PM -0800, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> Sven -
> Fabio suggested that I contact you for help with packaging the Numerix and
> Cryptokit OCaml libraries. (He and Peter are packaging the SKS OpenPGP
Please notice that there is also the debian-ocaml-maint mailing lists,
where all the debian/ocaml maintainers and some other interested in
packaging ocaml stuff in debian gather. You should consider joining
> keyserver, which uses these libraries, and I wound up packaging the libraries
> in the course of getting an SKS instance up.) I have attached the e-mail I
> sent to Xavier Leroy (the Cryptokit upstream) offering him my changes to
And the ocaml upstream too.
> Cryptokit to replace its use of the non-free Nat bignum library with Numerix.
Mmm, Xavier did already reimplement bignum in the CVS version. I am
considering packaging it in experimental for now. Can you make use of
that ? Also the copyright is actually in HP hands, and i asked Bdale to
look into it. Sadly, he has not time, and the actual stuff seems to be
lost in huge piles of paperwork inherited from Dec and then Compaq.
> Preliminary numerix and cryptokit source packages are on http://
> www-static.sane.net/. I originally cribbed debian/rules, etc. from extlib,
> but am now rewriting them based on your pcre-ocaml source package. (It seems
Well, it is more Stefano's package, but it is true that we currently
co-maintain it. Also, there is the ocaml-pkg or whatever alioth project,
which include the SVN repository where we are migrating our
co-maintained packages to.
> best to use ocaml-findlibs, and hopefully the weirdness I am having with
I personnally don't like findlibs, but indeed it is a good tool to use.
> bytecode compilation of the ported cryptokit will go away.) Up until a
> couple of days ago I had never used OCaml, so I could definitely use
> packaging pointers.
Did you read the ocaml-packaging-policy ? It is in the SVN repository,
but also in /usr/lib/ocaml/3.07.
> IANADD, so I will also need an upload sponsor if these packages are to go into
> the archive. Peter and Fabio have both expressed willingness, but Fabio
> thought it would be good to have a sponsor who uses OCaml. I would
Yep. Altough they still can sponsor the actual uploads, and we can give
you counsel on packaging and everything.
> appreciate it very much if you would consider sponsoring. (My changes to
> Cryptokit will obviously need some review before they are uploaded; the
> upstream cryptokit can't go into main because it depends on non-free parts
> that have been removed from ocaml, and it would be nice if cryptokit and sks
> made it into sarge main.)
You should have asked before. I believe that the API-identic
reimplementation that is currently in the ocaml CVS should have been
enough to not need your work, altough i don't really understand the
issues involved here. I will do a ocaml-cvs package, and you can then
try it out, and tell me more about it.
BTW, is cryptokit packaged, and if so, in which package does it belong ?