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Re: pkg/54695: MLDonkey Does Not Build

The following reply was made to PR pkg/54695; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: pkg/54695: MLDonkey Does Not Build
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:01:28 +0000

 On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 08:00:00PM +0000, wrote:
  > >Description:
  > net/mldonkey doesn't build any longer.
 I'm aware of that. If you check the change history, a year and a half
 ago I committed thus:
  : Partial build fixes for ocaml 4.06.
  : not at all clear this thing is worth the trouble...
 Do you use mldonkey? Is it worth patching harder? When I did the above
 it seemed pretty dead upstream, it had been broken for some time, and
 it wasn't clear that anyone was using it.
 One of the various downsides of using ocaml is that one has to keep up
 with changes to the language. In this case the problem is that the
 behavior of strings has changed, and after some years of just issuing
 warnings the compiler changes started causing errors.
 Telling the compiler to revert to the old behavior will not work
 forever -- the code needs to be updated, and if done properly and in
 full will then work on old ocaml versions as well
  > (I was looking in the nifty pkgsrc guide but was a little thrown
  > off by how the bookmark table lists two entries for each chapters
  > :])
 This sounds like something you should file a separate PR on ;-)
  > Alternatively, as per the link enclosed in the problem full
  > description, an updated build presumably containing fixes is about
  > to be cut upstream.
 Let me know when it's out. If you would like to prepare an update,
 that'd be great.
 David A. Holland

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