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Re: [PATCH 0/15]: Add pplacer and OCaml dependencies.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/15]: Add pplacer and OCaml dependencies.
Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:16:06 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Ben,

Sorry for the delay.

Ben Woodcroft <address@hidden> skribis:

> On 10/02/17 08:32, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>> Hi Ben,
>> Ben Woodcroft <address@hidden> skribis:
>>> I'm quite happy to send these patches in, pplacer has been near the
>>> top of my most wanted list since I started contributing. There's two
>>> parts that are a little out of the ordinary:
>>> 1) Unfortunately pplacer requires the outdated OCaml 4.01, so I
>>> adapted the package-with-python2 approach.
>> Is there really no way upstream could update the package to current
>> OCaml?  That would save us a lot of packages and associated work.
> I'm afraid I don't think so. I asked about this, but haven't received
> a response for 3 weeks.
> The recommended way of installing this software is to download
> binaries, so updating the OCaml dependency may not be at the top of
> the priority list. This is maintained software and there's a number of
> pieces of software which rely on pplacer (including a few of my own),
> so I think it is worth packaging. So, IMO we should wear the costs on
> this one.

OK, that makes sense.

To make progress, how about applying the non-4.01-specific parts of the
patch series first (I think you didn’t get any feedback on these, so
it’s safe to assume they’re OK if ‘guix lint’ has nothing to say)?

Second, could you submit the bits about supporting 4.01 to guix-patches?
I’ll take a look if nobody beats me at it.


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