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Re: Bug#479152: ITP: core -- Jane Street Capital's alternative standard library for OCaml

On 04-05-2008, Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> wrote:
> On Sat, May 03, 2008 at 11:20:21PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
>> > - If you have patches either to make bin-prot big-endian or to excise
>> > those bits of core that depend on bin-prot, then I'll take them, or
>> > try to help.
>> I haven't yet attacked the big-endian bits, but I'm working on a patch
>> to make bin-prot dependency optional and detected at compile time. Will
>> mail you back when I've something fully working.
> So, here is my current "solution". Beware, it's really "hackish" :)
> The main part to get rid of the bin_prot dependency is emptying the
> Binable interface so that other modules are not require to implement
> serialization stuff. This is easy. The tricky part is a lot of other
> places are using "with bin_io" modifiers and have in their
> pseudo-headers declared that they want to be processed by camlp4 with
> the bin_prot syntax extension.
> For this reason the patch removing support for bin_prot is rather large,
> and hard to make compile-time conditional. For the same reasons is not
> something I will push to Jane St.  Hence what I did for the Debian
> package is to use a $DVCS (git in this case) to fork a branch in which I
> maintain a "no-bin-prot" branch, in the hope that this will make it easy
> adapting to future upstream changes.

What about patching bin-prot syntax extension to produce "nothing" when
used... This way, everything still get compiled with "fake" bin-prot...
I think it will make the required patch smaller (i.e. you will have only
to patch where the serialization is used and not everywhere).

Sylvain Le Gall

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