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This file describes the Dune setup for lablgtk and the release instructions.

Dune setup

Dune takes care of all the C-stub needed to compile lablgtk almost automatically. The src/dune file is mostly self-describing.

Packaging choices and C library version detection

The main choice we had to do is how to structure the OPAM packages. In lablgtk2, there was a single package, however it would build different binaries based on what it could detect. This was a bit fragile due to lack of reproducible, thus in lablgtk3 each C library has its own OPAM package.

We still depend on the conf-packages, but note however that the build system does it own versioned C library check.

The discussion at the caml-list https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/arc/caml-list/2018-12/msg00017.html provides some more insight on this choice.

The dune_config tool is a simple wrapper that can be used to query pkg-config for flags and version checks.

Auto-generation of files

The lablgtk3 build uses the varcc and propcc scripts to auto-generate some files. The rules for such files are in dune-enum.sexp and dune-prop.sexp. These files could be also auto-generated in the future using Dune's promote mechanism.

How to release a new version of lablgtk to OPAM

Quick release instructions: Run git tag -a + dune-release.

The preferred workflow to release a new set of OPAM packages is to use dune-release.

Format of the CHANGES.md file

dune-release will take each top-level markdown item as the changelog for the current version, thus be aware of not introducing # markers.

Detailed notes

The first (and most important) step is to tag the release and push it to the main repository.

We recommend you do this manually. As dune-release uses git describe to gather versioning information, your tag must be annotated. Using git tag -a or git tag -s will do the job. Please add the version changes to the tag annotation message.

You can also use dune-release tag, which will try to infer the tag information from CHANGES.md, however the current heuristics seem too fragile and the changes list may not be properly updated.

Once the tag is in place, calling dune-release will build, lint, run the tests, create the opam package, upload the archives and docs to the release page, and submit a pull request to the OPAM repository.

Under the hood, dune-release executes the following 4 commands:

dune-release distrib       # Create the distribution archive
dune-release publish       # Publish it on the WWW with its documentation
dune-release opam pkg      # Create an opam package
dune-release opam submit   # Submit it to OCaml's opam repository

It is often useful to run the commands separately as to have better control of the release process.

Note that you will need the proper permissions for the publish step, including setting a Github access token, see dune-release help files for more information.