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- PR#5634: parsetree rewriter (-ppx flag)
- ocamldep now supports -absname
Bug fixes:
- PR#4762: ?? is not used at all, but registered as a lexer token
- PR#4994: ocaml-mode doesn't work with xemacs21
- PR#5327: (Windows) blocks if same socket listed in first and
third arguments
- PR#5468: ocamlbuild should preserve order of parametric tags
- PR#5551: Avoid repeated lookups for missing cmi files
- PR#5552: try to use camlp4.opt if it's possible
- PR#5611: avoid clashes betwen .cmo files and output files during linking
- PR#5662: typo in md5.c
- PR#5695: remove warnings on sparc code emitter
- PR#5697: better location for warnings on statement expressions
- PR#5698: remove harcoded limit of 200000 labels in
- PR#5708: catch Failure"int_of_string" in ocamldebug
- PR#5731: instruction scheduling forgot to account for destroyed registers
- PR#5734: improved Win32 implementation of Unix.gettimeofday
- PR#5735: %apply and %revapply not first class citizens
- PR#5738: first class module patterns not handled by ocamldep
- PR#5747: 'unused open' warning not given when compiling with -annot
- PR#5758: Compiler bug when matching on floats
- PR#5763: ocamlbuild does not give correct flags when running menhir
- Moved debugger/ to typing/ to publish env_of_only_summary
as part of compilerlibs, to be used on bin-annot files.
Feature wishes:
- PR#5597: add instruction trace option 't' to OCAMLRUNPARAM
OCaml 4.00.1:
Bug fixes:
- PR#4019: better documentation of Str.matched_string
- PR#5563: harden against file descriptors above FD_SETSIZE
- PR#5700: crash with native-code stack backtraces under MacOS 10.8 x86-64
- PR#5707: AMD64 code generator: do not use r10 and r11 for parameter passing,
as these registers can be destroyed by the dynamic loader
- PR#5712: some documentation problems
- PR#5715: configuring with -no-shared-libs breaks under cygwin
- PR#5719: ocamlyacc generates code that is not warning 33-compliant
- PR#5727: emacs caml-mode indents shebang line in toplevel scripts
- PR#5731: instruction scheduling forgot to account for destroyed registers
- PR#5735: %apply and %revapply not first class citizens
- PR#5738: first class module patterns not handled by ocamldep
- PR#5742: missing bound checks in Array.sub
- PR#5757: GC compaction bug (crash)
- PR#5761: Incorrect bigarray custom block size
OCaml 4.00.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*")
- The official name of the language is now OCaml.
Language features:
- Added Generalized Abstract Data Types (GADTs) to the language.
See chapter "Language extensions" of the reference manual for documentation.
- It is now possible to omit type annotations when packing and unpacking
first-class modules. The type-checker attempts to infer it from the context.
Using the -principal option guarantees forward compatibility.
- New (module M) and (module M : S) syntax in patterns, for immediate
unpacking of a first-class module.
- Revised simplification of let-alias (PR#5205, PR#5288)
- Better reporting of compiler version mismatch in .cmi files
* Warning 28 is now enabled by default.
- New option -absname to use absolute paths in error messages
- Optimize away compile-time beta-redexes, e.g. (fun x y -> e) a b.
- Added option -bin-annot to dump the AST with type annotations.
- Added lots of new warnings about unused variables, opens, fields,
constructors, etc.
* New meaning for warning 7: it is now triggered when a method is overridden
with the "method" keyword. Use "method!" to avoid the warning.
Native-code compiler:
- Optimized handling of partially-applied functions (PR#5287)
- Small improvements in code generated for array bounds checks (PR#5345,
* New ARM backend (PR#5433):
. Supports both Linux/EABI (armel) and Linux/EABI+VFPv3 (armhf).
. Added support for the Thumb-2 instruction set with average code size
savings of 28%.
. Added support for position-independent code, natdynlink, profiling and
exception backtraces.
- Generation of CFI information, and filename/line number debugging (with -g)
annotations, enabling in particular precise stack backtraces with
the gdb debugger. Currently supported for x86 32-bits and 64-bits only.
- New tool: ocamloptp, the equivalent of ocamlcp for the native-code compiler.
- PR#5645: ocamldoc doesn't handle module/type substitution in signatures
- PR#5544: improve HTML output (less formatting in html code)
- PR#5522: allow refering to record fields and variant constructors
- fix PR#5419 (error message in french)
- fix PR#5535 (no cross ref to class after dump+load)
* Use first class modules for custom generators, to be able to
load various plugins incrementally adding features to the current
* PR#5507: Use Location.t structures for locations.
- fix: do not keep code when not told to keep code.
Standard library:
- Added float functions "hypot" and "copysign" (PR#3806, PR#4752, PR#5246)
* Arg: options with empty doc strings are no longer included in the usage string
- Array: faster implementations of "blit", "copy", "sub", "append" and "concat"
(PR#2395, PR#2787, PR#4591)
* Hashtbl:
. Statistically-better generic hash function based on Murmur 3 (PR#5225)
. Fixed behavior of generic hash function w.r.t. -0.0 and NaN (PR#5222)
. Added optional "random" parameter to Hashtbl.create to randomize
collision patterns and improve security (PR#5572, CVE-2012-0839)
. Added "randomize" function and "R" parameter to OCAMLRUNPARAM
to turn randomization on by default (PR#5572, CVE-2012-0839)
. Added new functorial interface "MakeSeeded" to support randomization
with user-provided seeded hash functions.
. Install new header <caml/hash.h> for C code.
- Filename: on-demand (lazy) initialization of the PRNG used by "temp_file".
- Marshal: marshalling of function values (flag Marshal.Closures) now
also works for functions that come from dynamically-loaded modules (PR#5215)
- Random:
. More random initialization (Random.self_init()), using /dev/urandom
when available (e.g. Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS X, Solaris)
* Faster implementation of Random.float (changes the generated sequences)
- Format strings for formatted input/output revised to correct PR#5380
. Consistently treat %@ as a plain @ character
. Consistently treat %% as a plain % character
- Scanf: width and precision for floating point numbers are now handled
- Scanf: new function "unescaped" (PR#3888)
- Set and Map: more efficient implementation of "filter" and "partition"
- String: new function "map" (PR#3888)
Installation procedure:
- Compiler internals are now installed in `ocamlc -where`/compiler-libs.
The files available there include the .cmi interfaces for all compiler
modules, plus the following libraries:
ocamlcommon.cma/.cmxa modules common to ocamlc, ocamlopt, ocaml
ocamlbytecomp.cma/.cmxa modules for ocamlc and ocaml
ocamloptcomp.cma/.cmxa modules specific to ocamlopt
ocamltoplevel.cma modules specific to ocaml
(PR#1804, PR#4653, frequently-asked feature).
* Some .cmi for toplevel internals that used to be installed in
`ocamlc -where` are now to be found in `ocamlc -where`/compiler-libs.
Add "-I +compiler-libs" where needed.
* toplevellib.cma is no longer installed because subsumed by
ocamlcommon.cma ocamlbytecomp.cma ocamltoplevel.cma
- Added a configuration option (-with-debug-runtime) to compile and install
a debug version of the runtime system, and a compiler option
(-runtime-variant) to select the debug runtime.
Bug Fixes:
- PR#1643: functions of the Lazy module whose named started with 'lazy_' have
been deprecated, and new ones without the prefix added
- PR#3571: in Bigarrays, call msync() before unmapping to commit changes
- PR#4292: various documentation problems
- PR#4511, PR#4838: local modules remove polymorphism
* PR#4549: Filename.dirname is not handling multiple / on Unix
- PR#4688: (Windows) special floating-point values aren't converted to strings
- PR#4697: Unix.putenv leaks memory on failure
- PR#4705: camlp4 does not allow to define types with `True or `False
- PR#4746: wrong detection of stack overflows in native code under Linux
- PR#4869: rare collisions between assembly labels for code and data
- PR#4880: "assert" constructs now show up in the exception stack backtrace
- PR#4892: Array.set could raise "out of bounds" before evaluating 3rd arg
- PR#4937: camlp4 incorrectly handles optional arguments if 'option' is
- PR#5024: camlp4r now handles underscores in irrefutable pattern matching of
- PR#5064, PR#5485: try to ensure that 4K words of stack are available
before calling into C functions, raising a Stack_overflow exception
otherwise. This reduces (but does not eliminate) the risk of
segmentation faults due to stack overflow in C code
- PR#5073: wrong location for 'Unbound record field label' error
- PR#5084: sub-sub-module building fails for native code compilation
- PR#5120: fix the output function of Camlp4.Debug.formatter
- PR#5131: compilation of custom runtime with g++ generates lots of warnings
- PR#5137: caml-types-explore does not work
- PR#5159: better documentation of type Lexing.position
- PR#5171: Map.join does more comparisons than needed
- PR#5176: emacs mode: stack overflow in regexp matcher
- PR#5179: port OCaml to mingw-w64
- PR#5211: updated Genlex documentation to state that camlp4 is mandatory for
'parser' keyword and associated notation
- PR#5214: ocamlfind plugin invokes 'cut' utility
- PR#5218: use $(MAKE) instead of "make" in Makefiles
- PR#5224: confusing error message in non-regular type definition
- PR#5231: camlp4: fix parsing of <:str_item< type t = $x$ >>
- PR#5233: finaliser on weak array gives dangling pointers (crash)
- PR#5238, PR#5277: Sys_error when getting error location
- PR#5261, PR#5497: Ocaml source-code examples are not "copy-paste-able"
* PR#5279: executable name is not initialized properly in caml_startup_code
- PR#5290: added hash functions for channels, nats, mutexes, conditions
- PR#5291: undetected loop in class initialization
- PR#5295: OS threads: problem with caml_c_thread_unregister()
- PR#5301: camlp4r and exception equal to another one with parameters
- PR#5305: prevent ocamlbuild from complaining about links to _build/
- PR#5306: comparing to Thread.self() raises exception at runtime
- PR#5309: Queue.add is not thread/signal safe
- PR#5310: Ratio.create_ratio/create_normalized_ratio have misleading names
- PR#5311: better message for warning 23
* PR#5312: command-line arguments @reponsefile auto-expansion feature
removed from the Windows OCaml runtime, to avoid conflicts with "-w @..."
- PR#5313: ocamlopt -g misses optimizations
- PR#5214: ocamlfind plugin invokes 'cut' utility
- PR#5316: objinfo now shows ccopts/ccobjs/force_link when applicable
- PR#5318: segfault on stack overflow when reading marshaled data
- PR#5319: %r11 clobbered by Lswitch in Windows AMD64 native-code compilation
- PR#5322: type abbreviations expanding to a universal type variable
- PR#5325: (Windows) blocked Unix.recv in one thread blocks Unix.send in
another thread
- PR#5328: under Windows, leaves sockets in non-blocking mode
- PR#5330: thread tag with '.top' and '.inferred.mli' targets
- PR#5331: ocamlmktop is not always a shell script
- PR#5335: Unix.environment segfaults after a call to clearenv
- PR#5338: has windows style end-of-lines (mingw)
- PR#5343: ocaml -rectypes is unsound wrt module subtyping
- PR#5344: some predefined exceptions need special printing
- PR#5349: Hashtbl.replace uses new key instead of reusing old key
- PR#5356: ocamlbuild handling of 'predicates' for ocamlfind
- PR#5364: wrong compilation of "((val m : SIG1) : SIG2)"
- PR#5370: ocamldep omits filename in syntax error message
- PR#5374: camlp4 creates wrong location for type definitions
- PR#5380: strange sscanf input segfault
- PR#5382: EOPNOTSUPP and ENOTSUPP different on exotic platforms
- PR#5383: build failure in Win32/MSVC
- PR#5387: camlp4: str_item and other syntactic elements with Nils are
not very usable
- PR#5389: compaction sometimes leaves a very large heap
- PR#5393: fails to build from source on GNU/kFreeBSD because of -R link option
- PR#5394: documentation for -dtypes is missing in manpage
- PR#5397: Filename.temp_dir_name should be mutable
- PR#5410: fix printing of class application with Camlp4
- PR#5416: (Windows) Unix.(set|clear)_close_on_exec now preserves blocking mode
- PR#5435: ocamlbuild does not find .opt executables on Windows
- PR#5436: update object ids on unmarshaling
- PR#5442: camlp4: quotation issue with strings
- PR#5453: configure doesn't find X11 under Ubuntu/MultiarchSpec
- PR#5461: Double linking of bytecode modules
- PR#5463: Bigarray.*.map_file fail if empty array is requested
- PR#5465: increase stack size of ocamlopt.opt for windows
- PR#5469: private record type generated by functor loses abbreviation
- PR#5475: Wrapper script for interpreted LablTk wrongly handles command line
- PR#5476: bug in native code compilation of let rec on float arrays
- PR#5477: use pkg-config to configure graphics on linux
- PR#5481: update camlp4 magic numbers
- PR#5482: remove bashism in test suite scripts
- PR#5495: camlp4o dies on infix definition (or)
- PR#5498: Unification with an empty object only checks the absence of
the first method
- PR#5503: error when ocamlbuild is passed an absolute path as build directory
- PR#5509: misclassification of statically-allocated empty array that
falls exactly at beginning of an otherwise unused data page.
- PR#5510: ocamldep has duplicate -ml{,i}-synonym options
- PR#5511: in Bigarray.reshape, unwarranted limitation on new array dimensions.
- PR#5513: Int64.div causes floating point exception (ocamlopt, x86)
- PR#5516: in Bigarray C stubs, use C99 flexible array types if possible
- PR#5518: segfault with lazy empty array
- PR#5531: Allow ocamlbuild to add ocamldoc flags through -docflag
and -docflags switches
- PR#5538: combining -i and -annot in ocamlc
- PR#5543: in Bigarray.map_file, try to avoid using lseek() when growing file
- PR#5648: (probably fixed) test failures in tests/lib-threads
- PR#5551: repeated calls to find_in_path degrade performance
- PR#5552: Mac OS X: unrecognized gcc option "-no-cpp-precomp"
- PR#5555: add Hashtbl.reset to resize the bucket table to its initial size
- PR#5560: incompatible type for tuple pattern with -principal
- PR#5575: Random states are not marshallable across architectures
- PR#5579: camlp4: when a plugin is loaded in the toplevel,
Token.Filter.define_filter has no effect before the first syntax error
- PR#5585: typo: "explicitely"
- PR#5587: documentation: "allows to" is not correct English
- PR#5593: remove C file when -output-obj fails
- PR#5597: register names for instrtrace primitives in embedded bytecode
- PR#5598: add backslash-space support in strings in ocamllex
- PR#5603: wrong .file debug info generated by ocamlopt -g
- PR#5604: fix permissions of files created by ocamlbuild itself
- PR#5610: new unmarshaler (from PR#5318) fails to freshen object identifiers
- PR#5614: add missing -linkall flag when compiling ocamldoc.opt
- PR#5616: move ocamlbuild documentation to the reference manual
- PR#5619: Uncaught CType.Unify exception in the compiler
- PR#5620: invalid printing of type manifest (camlp4 revised syntax)
- PR#5637: invalid printing of anonymous type parameters (camlp4 revised syntax)
- PR#5643: issues with .cfi and .loc directives generated by ocamlopt -g
- PR#5644: Stream.count broken when used with Sapp or Slazy nodes
- PR#5647: Cannot use install_printer in debugger
- PR#5651: printer for abstract data type (camlp4 revised syntax)
- PR#5654: self pattern variable location tweak
- PR#5655: ocamlbuild doesn't pass cflags when building C stubs
- PR#5657: wrong error location for abbreviated record fields
- PR#5659: ocamlmklib -L option breaks with MSVC
- PR#5661: fixes for the test suite
- PR#5668: Camlp4 produces invalid syntax for "let _ = ..."
- PR#5671: initialization of compare_ext field in caml_final_custom_operations()
- PR#5677: do not use "value" as identifier (
- PR#5687: dynlink broken when used from "output-obj" main program (bytecode)
- problem with printing of string literals in camlp4 (reported on caml-list)
- emacs mode: colorization of comments and strings now works correctly
- problem with forall and method (reported on caml-list on 2011-07-26)
- crash when using OCAMLRUNPARAM=a=X with invalid X (reported in private)
Feature wishes:
- PR#352: new option "-stdin" to make ocaml read stdin as a script
- PR#1164: better error message when mixing -a and .cmxa
- PR#1284: documentation: remove restriction on mixed streams
- PR#1496: allow configuring LIBDIR, BINDIR, and MANDIR relative to $(PREFIX)
- PR#1835: add Digest.from_hex
- PR#1898: toplevel: add option to suppress continuation prompts
- PR#4278: configure: option to disable "graph" library
- PR#4444: new String.trim function, removing leading and trailing whistespace
- PR#4549: make Filename.dirname/basename POSIX compliant
- PR#4830: add option -v to
- PR#4898: new Sys.big_endian boolean for machine endianness
- PR#4963, PR#5467: no extern "C" into ocaml C-stub headers
- PR#5199: tests are run only for bytecode if either native support is missing,
or a non-empty value is set to "BYTECODE_ONLY" Makefile variable
- PR#5215: marshalling of dynlinked closure
- PR#5236: new '%revapply' primitive with the semantics 'revapply x f = f x',
and '%apply' with semantics 'apply f x = f x'.
- PR#5255: natdynlink detection on powerpc, hurd, sparc
- PR#5295: OS threads: problem with caml_c_thread_unregister()
- PR#5297: compiler now checks existence of builtin primitives
- PR#5329: (Windows) more efficient if all fd's are sockets
- PR#5357: warning for useless open statements
- PR#5358: first class modules don't allow "with type" declarations for types
in sub-modules
- PR#5385: configure: emit a warning when MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET is set
- PR#5396: ocamldep: add options -sort, -all, and -one-line
- PR#5397: Filename.temp_dir_name should be mutable
- PR#5403: give better error message when emacs is not found in PATH
- PR#5411: new directive for the toplevel: #load_rec
- PR#5420: Unix.openfile share mode (Windows)
- PR#5421: Unix: do not leak fds in various open_proc* functions
- PR#5434: implement Unix.times in win32unix (partially)
- PR#5438: new warnings for unused declarations
- PR#5439: upgrade config.guess and config.sub
- PR#5445 and others: better printing of types with user-provided names
- PR#5454: is missing and md5 doc update
- PR#5455: .emacs instructions, add lines to recognize ocaml scripts
- PR#5456: pa_macro: replace __LOCATION__ after macro expansion; add LOCATION_OF
- PR#5461: bytecode: emit warning when linking two modules with the same name
- PR#5478: ocamlopt assumes ar command exists
- PR#5479: Num.num_of_string may raise an exception, not reflected in the
- PR#5501: increase IO_BUFFER_SIZE to 64KiB
- PR#5532: improve error message when bytecode file is wrong
- PR#5555: add function Hashtbl.reset to resize the bucket table to
its initial size.
- PR#5586: increase UNIX_BUFFER_SIZE to 64KiB
- PR#5597: register names for instrtrace primitives in embedded bytecode
- PR#5599: Add warn() tag in ocamlbuild to control -w compiler switch
- PR#5628: add #remove_directory and Topdirs.remove_directory to remove
a directory from the load path
- PR#5636: in system threads library, issue with linking of pthread_atfork
- PR#5666: C includes don't provide a revision number
- ocamldebug: ability to inspect values that contain code pointers
- ocamldebug: new 'environment' directive to set environment variables
for debuggee
- configure: add -no-camlp4 option
Shedding weight:
* Removed the obsolete native-code generators for Alpha, HPPA, IA64 and MIPS.
* The "DBM" library (interface with Unix DBM key-value stores) is no
longer part of this distribution. It now lives its own life at
* The "OCamlWin" toplevel user interface for MS Windows is no longer
part of this distribution. It now lives its own life at
Other changes:
- Copy VERSION file to library directory when installing.
OCaml 3.12.1:
Bug fixes:
- PR#4345, PR#4767: problems with camlp4 printing of float values
- PR#4380: ocamlbuild should not use tput on windows
- PR#4487, PR#5164: multiple 'module type of' are incompatible
- PR#4552: ocamlbuild does not create symlinks when using '.itarget' file
- PR#4673, PR#5144: camlp4 fails on object copy syntax
- PR#4702: system threads: cleanup tick thread at exit
- PR#4732: camlp4 rejects polymorphic variants using keywords from macros
- PR#4778: Win32/MSVC port: rare syntax error in generated MASM assembly file
- PR#4794, PR#4959: call annotations not generated by ocamlopt
- PR#4820: revised syntax pretty printer crashes with 'Stack_overflow'
- PR#4928: wrong printing of classes and class types by camlp4
- PR#4939: camlp4 rejects patterns of the '?x:_' form
- PR#4967: ocamlbuild passes wrong switches to ocamldep through menhir
- PR#4972: mkcamlp4 does not include 'dynlink.cma'
- PR#5039: ocamlbuild should use '-linkpkg' only when linking programs
- PR#5066: ocamldoc: add -charset option used in html generator
- PR#5069: fcntl() in caml_sys_open may block, do it within blocking section
- PR#5071, PR#5129, PR#5134: inconsistencies between camlp4 and camlp4* binaries
- PR#5080, PR#5104: regression in type constructor handling by camlp4
- PR#5090: bad interaction between toplevel and camlp4
- PR#5095: ocamlbuild ignores some tags when building bytecode objects
- PR#5100: ocamlbuild always rebuilds a 'cmxs' file
- PR#5103: build and install objinfo when building with ocamlbuild
- PR#5109: crash when a parser calls a lexer that calls another parser
- PR#5110: invalid module name when using optional argument
- PR#5115: bytecode executables produced by msvc64 port crash on 32-bit versions
- PR#5117: bigarray: wrong function name without HAS_MMAP; missing include
- PR#5118: Camlp4o and integer literals
- PR#5122: camlp4 rejects lowercase identifiers for module types
- PR#5123: shift_right_big_int returns a wrong zero
- PR#5124: substitution inside a signature leads to odd printing
- PR#5128: typo in 'Camlp4ListComprehension' syntax extension
- PR#5136: obsolete function used in emacs mode
- PR#5145: ocamldoc: missing html escapes
- PR#5146: problem with spaces in multi-line string constants
- PR#5149: (partial) various documentation problems
- PR#5156: rare compiler crash with objects
- PR#5165: ocamlbuild does not pass '-thread' option to ocamlfind
- PR#5167: camlp4r loops when printing package type
- PR#5172: camlp4 support for 'module type of' construct
- PR#5175: in bigarray accesses, make sure bigarray expr is evaluated only once
- PR#5177: Gc.compact implies Gc.full_major
- PR#5182: use bytecode version of ocamldoc to generate man pages
- PR#5184: under Windows, alignment issue with bigarrays mapped from files
- PR#5188: double-free corruption in bytecode system threads
- PR#5192: mismatch between words and bytes in interpreting max_young_wosize
- PR#5202: error in documentation of atan2
- PR#5209: natdynlink incorrectly detected on BSD systems
- PR#5213: ocamlbuild should pass '-rectypes' to ocamldoc when needed
- PR#5217: ocamlfind plugin should add '-linkpkg' for toplevel
- PR#5228: document the exceptions raised by functions in 'Filename'
- PR#5229: typo in build script ('TAG_LINE' vs 'TAGLINE')
- PR#5230: error in documentation of Scanf.Scanning.open_in
- PR#5234: option -shared reverses order of -cclib options
- PR#5237: incorrect .size directives generated for x86-32 and x86-64
- PR#5244: uses polymorphic compare_val (regression of PR#4194)
- PR#5248: regression introduced while fixing PR#5118
- PR#5252: typo in docs
- PR#5258: win32unix: unix fd leak under windows
- PR#5269: (tentative fix) Wrong ext_ref entries in .annot files
- PR#5272: caml.el doesn't recognize downto as a keyword
- PR#5276: issue with ocamlc -pack and recursively-packed modules
- PR#5280: alignment constraints incorrectly autodetected on MIPS 32
- PR#5281: typo in error message
- PR#5308: unused variables not detected in "include (struct .. end)"
- camlp4 revised syntax printing bug in the toplevel (reported on caml-list)
- configure: do not define _WIN32 under cygwin
- Hardened generic comparison in the case where two custom blocks
are compared and have different sets of custom operations.
- Hardened comparison between bigarrays in the case where the two
bigarrays have different kinds.
- Fixed wrong autodetection of expm1() and log1p().
- don't add .exe suffix when installing the ocamlmktop shell script
- ocamldoc: minor fixes related to the display of ocamldoc options
- fixed bug with huge values in OCAMLRUNPARAM
- mismatch between declaration and definition of caml_major_collection_slice
Feature wishes:
- PR#4992: added '-ml-synonym' and '-mli-synonym' options to ocamldep
- PR#5065: added '-ocamldoc' option to ocamlbuild
- PR#5139: added possibility to add options to ocamlbuild
- PR#5158: added access to current camlp4 parsers and printers
- PR#5180: improved instruction selection for float operations on amd64
- stdlib: added a 'usage_string' function to Arg
- allow with constraints to add a type equation to a datatype definition
- ocamldoc: allow to merge '@before' tags like other ones
- ocamlbuild: allow dependency on file "_oasis"
Other changes:
- Changed default minor heap size from 32k to 256k words.
- Added new operation 'compare_ext' to custom blocks, called when
comparing a custom block value with an unboxed integer.
Objective Caml 3.12.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*" )
Language features:
- Shorthand notation for records: in expressions and patterns,
{ lbl } stands for { lbl = lbl } and { M.lbl } for { M.lbl = lbl }
- Record patterns of the form { lbl = pat; _ } to mark that not all
labels are listed, purposefully. (See new warning below.)
- Explicit naming of a generic type; in an expression
"fun ... (type t) ... -> e", the type t is considered abstract in its
scope (the arguments that follow it and the body of the function),
and then replaced by a fresh type variable. In particular, the type
t can be used in contexts where a type variable is not allowed
(e.g. for defining an exception in a local module).
- Explicit polymorphic types and polymorphic recursion. In let
definitions, one can write an explicit polymorphic type just
immediately the function name; the polymorphism will be enforced,
and recursive calls may use the polymorphism.
The syntax is the same as for polymorphic methods:
"let [rec] <ident> : 'a1 ... 'an. <typexp> = ..."
- First-class packages modules.
New kind of type expression, for packaged modules: (module PT).
New kind of expression, to pack a module as a first-class value:
(module MODEXPR : PT).
New kind of module expression, to unpack a first-class value as a module:
(val EXPR : PT).
PT is a package type of the form "S" or
"S with type t1 = ... and ... and type tn = ..." (S refers to a module type).
- Local opening of modules in a subexpression.
Syntax: "let open M in e", or "M.(e)"
- In class definitions, method and instance variable override can now
be made explicit, by writing "method!", "val!" or "inherit!" in place of
"method", "val" and "inherit". It is an error to override an
undefined member (or to use overriding inheritance when nothing get
overridden). Additionally, these constructs disactivate respectively
warnings 7 (method override, code 'M') and 13 (instance variable
override, code 'V'). Note that, by default, warning 7 is inactive
and warning 13 is active.
- "Destructive" substitution in signatures.
By writing "<signature> with type t := <typeconstr>" and
"<signature> with module M := <module-path>" one replaces "t" and "M"
inside the signature, removing their respective fields. Among other
uses, this allows to merge two signatures containing identically
named fields.
* While fixing PR#4824, also corrected a gaping hole in the type checker,
which allowed instantiating separately object parameters and instance
variables in an interface. This hole was here since the beginning of
ocaml, and as a result many programs using object inheritance in a non
trivial way will need to be corrected. You can look at lablgtk2 for an
Compilers and toplevel:
- Warnings are now numbered and can be switched on and off individually.
The old system with letters referring to sets of warnings is still
- New warnings:
+ 9 (code 'R') to signal record patterns without "; _" where
some labels of the record type are not listed in the pattern.
+ 28 when giving a wildcard argument to a constant constructor in
a pattern-matching.
+ 29 when an end-of-line appears unescaped in a string constant.
+ 30 when the same constructor or record field is defined twice in
mutually-recursive type definitions.
* The semantics of warning 7 (code 'M', method override) have changed
(it now detects all overrides, not just repeated definitions inside
the same class body), and it is now inactive by default.
- Better error report in case of unbound qualified identifier: if the module
is unbound this error is reported in the first place.
- Added option '-strict-sequence' to force left hand part of sequence to have
type unit.
- Added option '-no-app-funct' to turn applicative functors off.
This option can help working around mysterious type incompatibilities
caused by the incomplete comparison of applicative paths F(X).t.
Native-code compiler:
- AMD64: shorter and slightly more efficient code generated for
float comparisons.
Standard library:
- Format: new function ikfprintf analoguous to ifprintf with a continuation
* PR#4210, #4245: stricter range checking in string->integer conversion
functions (int_of_string, Int32.of_string, Int64.of_string,
Nativeint.of_string). The decimal string corresponding to
max_int + 1 is no longer accepted.
- Scanf: to prevent confusion when mixing Scanf scanning functions and direct
low level input, value Scanf.stdin has been added.
* Random: changed the algorithm to produce better randomness. Now passes the
DieHard tests.
- Map: implement functions from Set that make sense for Map.
Other libraries:
* Str: letters that constitute a word now include digits 0-9 and
underscore _. This changes the interpretation of '\b' (word boundary)
in regexps, but is more consistent with other regexp libraries. (PR#4874).
- Add support for native dynlink.
New tool:
- ocamlobjinfo: displays various information, esp. dependencies, for
compiled OCaml files (.cmi, .cmo, .cma, .cmx, .cmxa, .cmxs, and bytecode
executables). Extends and makes more official the old objinfo tool
that was installed by some OCaml packages.
All tools:
- PR#4857: add a -vnum option to display the version number and nothing else
Bug Fixes:
- PR#4012: and Map.mapi do not conform to specification
- PR#4478: better error messages for type definition mismatches
- PR#4683: labltk script uses fixed path on windows
- PR#4742: finalisation function raising an exception blocks other finalisations
- PR#4775: compiler crash on crazy types (temporary fix)
- PR#4824: narrowing the type of class parameters with a module specification
- PR#4862: relaxed value restriction and records
- PR#4884: optional arguments do not work when Some is redefined
- PR#4964: parenthesized names for infix functions in annot files
- PR#4970: better error message for instance variables
- PR#4975: spelling mistakes
- PR#4988: contravariance lost with ocamlc -i
- PR#5004: problem in Buffer.add_channel with very large lengths.
- PR#5008: on AMD64/MSVC port, rare float corruption during GC.
- PR#5018: wrong exception raised by Dynlink.loadfile.
- PR#5057: fatal typing error with local module + functor + polymorphic variant
- Wrong type for Obj.add_offset.
- Small problem with the representation of Int32, Int64, and Nativeint constants.
- Use RTLD_LOCAL for native dynlink in private mode.
Objective Caml 3.11.2:
Bug fixes:
- PR#4151: better documentation for min and max w.r.t. NaN
- PR#4421: ocamlbuild uses wrong compiler for C files
- PR#4710, PR#4720: ocamlbuild does not use properly configuration information
- PR#4750: under some Windows installations, high start-up times for Unix lib
- PR#4777: problem with scanf and CRLF
- PR#4783: ocamlmklib problem under Windows
- PR#4810: BSD problem with socket addresses, e.g. in Unix.getnameinfo
- PR#4813: issue with parsing of float literals by the GNU assembler
- PR#4816: problem with modules and private types
- PR#4818: missed opportunity for type-based optimization of bigarray accesses
- PR#4821: check for duplicate method names in classes
- PR#4823: build problem on Mac OS X
- PR#4836: spurious errors raised by Unix.single_write under Windows
- PR#4841, PR#4860, PR#4930: problem with ocamlopt -output-obj under Mac OS X
- PR#4847: C compiler error with ocamlc -output-obj under Win64
- PR#4856: ocamlbuild uses ocamlrun to execute a native plugin
- PR#4867, PR#4760: ocamlopt -shared fails on Mac OS X 64bit
- PR#4873: ocamlbuild ignores "thread" tag when building a custom toplevel
- PR#4890: ocamlbuild tries to use native plugin on bytecode-only arch
- PR#4896: ocamlbuild should always pass -I to tools for external libraries
- PR#4900: small bug triggering automatic compaction even if max_overhead = 1M
- PR#4902: bug in %.0F printf format
- PR#4910: problem with format concatenation
- PR#4922: ocamlbuild recompiles too many files
- PR#4923: missing \xff for scanf %S
- PR#4933: functors not handling private types correctly
- PR#4940: problem with end-of-line in DOS text mode, tentative fix
- PR#4953: problem compiling bytecode interpreter on ARM in Thumb mode.
- PR#4955: compiler crash when typing recursive type expression with constraint
- Module Printf: the simple conversion %F (without width indication) was not
treated properly.
- Makefile: problem with cygwin, flexdll, and symbolic links
- Various build problems with ocamlbuild under Windows with msvc
Feature wishes:
- PR#9: (tentative implementation) make ocamldebug use #linenum annotations
- PR#123, PR#4477: custom exception printers
- PR#3456: Obj.double_field and Obj.set_double_field functions
- PR#4003: destination directory can be given to Filename.[open_]temp_file
- PR#4647: Buffer.blit function
- PR#4685: access to Filename.dir_sep
- PR#4703: support for debugging embedded applications
- PR#4723: "clear_rules" function to empty the set of ocamlbuild rules
- PR#4921: configure option to help cross-compilers
Objective Caml 3.11.1:
Bug fixes:
- PR#4095: ocamldebug: strange behaviour of control-C
- PR#4403: ocamldebug: improved handling of packed modules
- PR#4650: Str.regexp_case_fold mis-handling complemented character sets [^a]
- PR#4660: Scanf.format_from_string: handling of double quote
- PR#4666: Unix.exec* failure in multithread programs under MacOS X and FreeBSD
- PR#4667: debugger out of sync with dynlink changes
- PR#4678: random "out of memory" error with systhreads
- PR#4690: issue with dynamic loading under MacOS 10.5
- PR#4692: wrong error message with options -i and -pack passed to ocamlc
- PR#4699: in otherlibs/dbm, fixed construction of
- PR#4704: error in caml_modify_generational_global_root()
- PR#4708: (ocamldoc) improved printing of infix identifiers such as "lor".
- PR#4722: typo in configure script
- PR#4729: documented the fact that PF_INET6 is not available on all platforms
- PR#4730: incorrect typing involving abbreviation "type 'a t = 'a"
- PR#4731: incorrect quoting of arguments passed to the assembler on x86-64
- PR#4735: Unix.LargeFile.fstat cannot report size over 32bits on Win32
- PR#4740: guard against possible processor error in
- PR#4745: type inference wrongly produced non-generalizable type variables.
- PR#4749: better pipe size for win32unix
- PR#4756: printf: no error reported for wrong format '%_s'
- PR#4758: scanf: handling of \<newline> by format '%S'
- PR#4766: incorrect simplification of some type abbreviations.
- PR#4768: printf: %F does not respect width and precision specifications
- PR#4769: Format.bprintf fails to flush
- PR#4775: fatal error Ctype.Unify during module type-checking (temporary fix)
- PR#4776: bad interaction between exceptions and classes
- PR#4780: labltk build problem under Windows.
- PR#4790: under Windows, map ERROR_NO_DATA Win32 error to EPIPE Unix error.
- PR#4792: bug in Big_int.big_int_of_int64 on 32-bit platforms.
- PR#4796: ocamlyacc: missing NUL termination of string
- PR#4804: bug in Big_int.int64_of_big_int on 32-bit platforms.
- PR#4805: improving compatibility with the clang C compiler
- PR#4809: issue with Unix.create_process under Win32
- PR#4814: ocamlbrowser: crash when editing comments
- PR#4816: module abbreviations remove 'private' type restrictions
- PR#4817: Object type gives error "Unbound type parameter .."
- Module Parsing: improved computation of locations when an ocamlyacc rule
starts with an empty nonterminal
- Type-checker: fixed wrong variance computation for private types
- x86-32 code generator, MSVC port: wrong "fld" instruction generated.
- ocamlbuild: incorrectly using the compile-time value of $OCAMLLIB
- Makefile problem when configured with -no-shared-libs
- ocamldoc: use dynamic loading in native code
Other changes:
- Improved wording of various error messages
(contributed by Jonathan Davies, Citrix).
- Support for 64-bit mode in Solaris/x86 (PR#4670).
Objective Caml 3.11.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*" )
Language features:
- Addition of lazy patterns: "lazy <pat>" matches suspensions whose values,
after forcing, match the pattern <pat>.
- Introduction of private abbreviation types "type t = private <type-expr>",
for abstracting the actual manifest type in type abbreviations.
- Subtyping is now allowed between a private abbreviation and its definition,
and between a polymorphic method and its monomorphic instance.
- The file name for a compilation unit should correspond to a valid
identifier (Otherwise dynamic linking and other things can fail, and
a warning is emitted.)
* Revised -output-obj: the output name must now be provided; its
extension must be one of .o/.obj, .so/.dll, or .c for the
bytecode compiler. The compilers can now produce a shared library
(with all the needed -ccopts/-ccobjs options) directly.
- -dtypes renamed to -annot, records (in .annot files) which function calls
are tail calls.
- All compiler error messages now include a file name and location, for
better interaction with Emacs' compilation mode.
- Optimized compilation of "lazy e" when the argument "e" is
already evaluated.
- Optimized compilation of equality tests with a variant constant constructor.
- The -dllib options recorded in libraries are no longer ignored when
-use_runtime or -use_prims is used (unless -no_auto_link is
explicitly used).
- Check that at most one of -pack, -a, -shared, -c, -output-obj is
given on the command line.
- Optimized compilation of private types as regular manifest types
(e.g. abbreviation to float, float array or record types with only
float fields).
Native-code compiler:
- New port: Mac OS X / Intel in 64-bit mode (configure with -cc "gcc -m64").
- A new option "-shared" to produce a plugin that can be dynamically
loaded with the native version of Dynlink.
- A new option "-nodynlink" to enable optimizations valid only for code
that is never dynlinked (no-op except for AMD64).
- More aggressive unboxing of floats and boxed integers.
- Can select which assembler and asm options to use at configuration time.
Run-time system:
- New implementation of the page table describing the heap (two-level
array in 32 bits, sparse hashtable in 64 bits), fixes issues with address
space randomization on 64-bit OS (PR#4448).
- New "generational" API for registering global memory roots with the GC,
enables faster scanning of global roots.
(The functions are caml_*_generational_global_root in <caml/memory.h>.)
- New function "caml_raise_with_args" to raise an exception with several
arguments from C.
- Changes in implementation of dynamic linking of C code:
under Win32, use Alain Frisch's flexdll implementation of the dlopen
API; under MacOSX, use dlopen API instead of MacOSX bundle API.
- Programs may now choose a first-fit allocation policy instead of
the default next-fit. First-fit reduces fragmentation but is
slightly slower in some cases.
Standard library:
- Parsing library: new function "set_trace" to programmatically turn
on or off the printing of a trace during parsing.
- Printexc library: new functions "print_backtrace" and "get_backtrace"
to obtain a stack backtrace of the most recently raised exception.
New function "record_backtrace" to turn the exception backtrace mechanism
on or off from within a program.
- Scanf library: fine-tuning of meta format implementation;
fscanf behaviour revisited: only one input buffer is allocated for any
given input channel;
the %n conversion does not count a lookahead character as read.
Other libraries:
- Dynlink: on some platforms, the Dynlink library is now available in
native code. The boolean Dynlink.is_native allows the program to
know whether it has been compiled in bytecode or in native code.
- Bigarrays: added "unsafe_get" and "unsafe_set"
(non-bound-checking versions of "get" and "set").
- Bigarrays: removed limitation "array dimension < 2^31".
- Labltk: added support for TK 8.5.
- Num: added conversions between big_int and int32, nativeint, int64.
More efficient implementation of Num.quo_num and Num.mod_num.
- Threads: improved efficiency of mutex and condition variable operations;
improved interaction with Unix.fork (PR#4577).
- Unix: added getsockopt_error returning type Unix.error.
Added support for TCP_NODELAY and IPV6_ONLY socket options.
- Win32 Unix: "select" now supports all kinds of file descriptors.
Improved emulation of "lockf" (PR#4609).
- ocamldebug now supported under Windows (MSVC and Mingw ports),
but without the replay feature. (Contributed by Dmitry Bely
and Sylvain Le Gall at OCamlCore with support from Lexifi.)
- ocamldoc: new option -no-module-constraint-filter to include functions
hidden by signature constraint in documentation.
- ocamlmklib and ocamldep.opt now available under Windows ports.
- ocamlmklib no longer supports the -implib option.
- ocamlnat: an experimental native toplevel (not built by default).
* programs linked with camlp4lib.cma now also need dynlink.cma.
Bug fixes:
- Major GC and heap compaction: fixed bug involving lazy values and
out-of-heap pointers.
- PR#3915: updated most man pages.
- PR#4261: type-checking of recursive modules
- PR#4308: better stack backtraces for "spontaneous" exceptions such as
Stack_overflow, Out_of_memory, etc.
- PR#4338: Str.global_substitute, Str.global_replace and the Str.*split*
functions are now tail-recursive.
- PR#4503: fixed bug in classify_float on ARM.
- PR#4512: type-checking of recursive modules
- PR#4517: crash in ocamllex-generated lexers.
- PR#4542: problem with return value of Unix.nice.
- PR#4557: type-checking of recursive modules.
- PR#4562: strange %n semantics in scanf.
- PR#4564: add note "stack is not executable" to object files generated by
ocamlopt (Linux/x86, Linux/AMD64).
- PR#4566: bug in Ratio.approx_ratio_fix and Num.approx_num_fix.
- PR#4582: clarified the documentation of functions in the String module.
- PR#4583: stack overflow in "ocamlopt -g" during closure conversion pass.
- PR#4585: ocamldoc and "val virtual" declarations.
- PR#4587: ocamldoc and escaped @ characters.
- PR#4605: Buffer.add_substitute was sometime wrong when target string had
- PR#4614: Inconsistent declaration of CamlCBCmd in LablTk library.
Objective Caml 3.10.2:
Bug fixes:
- PR#1217 (partial) Typo in ocamldep man page
- PR#3952 (partial) ocamlopt: allocation problems on ARM
- PR#4339 (continued) ocamlopt: problems on HPPA
- PR#4455 str.mli not installed under Windows
- PR#4473 crash when accessing float array with polymorphic method
- PR#4480 runtime would not compile without gcc extensions
- PR#4481 wrong typing of exceptions with object arguments
- PR#4490 typo in error message
- Random crash on 32-bit when major_heap_increment >= 2^22
- Big performance bug in Weak hashtables
- Small bugs in the make-package-macosx script
- Bug in typing of polymorphic variants (reported on caml-list)
Objective Caml 3.10.1:
Bug fixes:
- PR#3830 small bugs in docs
- PR#4053 compilers: improved compilation time for large variant types
- PR#4174 ocamlopt: fixed ocamlopt -nopervasives
- PR#4199 otherlibs: documented a small problem in Unix.utimes
- PR#4280 camlp4: parsing of identifier (^)
- PR#4281 camlp4: parsing of type constraint
- PR#4285 runtime: cannot compile under AIX
- PR#4286 ocamlbuild: cannot compile under AIX and SunOS
- PR#4288 compilers: including a functor application with side effects
- PR#4295 camlp4 toplevel: synchronization after an error
- PR#4300 ocamlopt: crash with backtrace and illegal array access
- PR#4302 camlp4: list comprehension parsing problem
- PR#4304 ocamlbuild: handle -I correctly
- PR#4305 stdlib: alignment of Arg.Symbol
- PR#4307 camlp4: assertion failure
- PR#4312 camlp4: accept "let _ : int = 1"
- PR#4313 ocamlbuild: -log and missing directories
- PR#4315 camlp4: constraints in classes
- PR#4316 compilers: crash with recursive modules and Lazy
- PR#4318 ocamldoc: installation problem with Cygwin (tentative fix)
- PR#4322 ocamlopt: stack overflow under Windows
- PR#4325 compilers: wrong error message for unused var
- PR#4326 otherlibs: marshal Big_int on win64
- PR#4327 ocamlbuild: make emacs look for .annot in _build directory
- PR#4328 camlp4: stack overflow with nil nodes
- PR#4331 camlp4: guards on fun expressions
- PR#4332 camlp4: parsing of negative 32/64 bit numbers
- PR#4336 compilers: unsafe recursive modules
- PR#4337 (note) camlp4: invalid character escapes
- PR#4339 ocamlopt: problems on HP-UX (tentative fix)
- PR#4340 camlp4: wrong pretty-printing of optional arguments
- PR#4348 ocamlopt: crash on Mac Intel
- PR#4349 camlp4: bug in private type definitions
- PR#4350 compilers: type errors with records and polymorphic variants
- PR#4352 compilers: terminal recursion under Windows (tentative fix)
- PR#4354 ocamlcp: mismatch with ocaml on polymorphic let
- PR#4358 ocamlopt: float constants wrong on ARM
- PR#4360 ocamldoc: string inside comment
- PR#4365 toplevel: wrong pretty-printing of polymorphic variants
- PR#4373 otherlibs: leaks in win32unix
- PR#4374 otherlibs: threads module not initialized
- PR#4375 configure: fails to build on bytecode-only architectures
- PR#4377 runtime: finalisation of infix pointers
- PR#4378 ocamlbuild: typo in
- PR#4379 ocamlbuild: problem with plugins under Windows
- PR#4382 compilers: typing of polymorphic record fields
- PR#4383 compilers: including module with private type
- PR#4385 stdlib: Int32/Int64.format are unsafe
- PR#4386 otherlibs: wrong signal numbers with Unix.sigprocmask etc.
- PR#4387 ocamlbuild: build directory not used properly
- PR#4392 ocamldep: optional argument of class
- PR#4394 otherlibs: infinite loops in Str
- PR#4397 otherlibs: wrong size for flag arrays in win32unix
- PR#4402 ocamldebug: doesn't work with -rectypes
- PR#4410 ocamlbuild: problem with plugin and -build
- PR#4411 otherlibs: crash with Unix.access under Windows
- PR#4412 stdlib: marshalling broken on 64 bit architectures
- PR#4413 ocamlopt: crash on AMD64 with out-of-bound access and reraise
- PR#4417 camlp4: pretty-printing of unary minus
- PR#4419 camlp4: problem with constraint in type class
- PR#4426 compilers: problem with optional labels
- PR#4427 camlp4: wrong pretty-printing of lists of functions
- PR#4433 ocamlopt: fails to build on MacOSX 10.5
- PR#4435 compilers: crash with objects
- PR#4439 fails to build on MacOSX 10.5
- PR#4441 crash when build on sparc64 linux
- PR#4442 stdlib: crash with weak pointers
- PR#4446 configure: fails to detect X11 on MacOSX 10.5
- PR#4448 runtime: huge page table on 64-bit architectures
- PR#4450 compilers: stack overflow with recursive modules
- PR#4470 compilers: type-checking of recursive modules too restrictive
- PR#4472 configure: autodetection of on Fedora x86_64
- printf: removed (partially implemented) positional specifications
- polymorphic < and <= comparisons: some C compiler optimizations
were causing incorrect results when arguments are incomparable
New features:
- made configure script work on PlayStation 3
- ARM port: brought up-to-date for Debian 4.0 (Etch)
- many other small changes and bugfixes in camlp4, ocamlbuild, labltk,
emacs files
Objective Caml 3.10.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*" )
Language features:
- Added virtual instance variables in classes "val virtual v : t"
* Changed the behaviour of instance variable overriding; the new
definition replaces the old one, rather than creating a new
New tools:
- ocamlbuild: compilation manager for OCaml applications and libraries.
See draft documentation at
* Camlp4: heavily revised implementation, new API.
New ports:
- MacOS X PowerPC 64 bits.
- MS Windows 64 bits (x64) using the Microsoft PSDK toolchain.
- MS Windows 32 bits using the Visual Studio 2005 toolchain.
- Faster type-checking of functor applications.
- Referencing an interface compiled with -rectypes from a module
not compiled with -rectypes is now an error.
- Revised the "fragile matching" warning.
Native-code compiler:
- Print a stack backtrace on an uncaught exception.
(Compile and link with ocamlopt -g; execute with OCAMLRUNPARAM=b.)
Supported on Intel/AMD in 32 and 64 bits, PPC in 32 and 64 bits.
- Stack overflow detection on MS Windows 32 bits (courtesy O. Andrieu).
- Stack overflow detection on MacOS X PPC and Intel.
- Intel/AMD 64 bits: generate position-independent code by default.
- Fixed bug involving -for-pack and missing .cmx files (PR#4124).
- Fixed bug causing duplication of literals (PR#4152).
Run-time system:
- C/Caml interface functions take "char const *" arguments
instead of "char *" when appropriate.
- Faster string comparisons (fast case if strings are ==).
Standard library:
- Refined typing of format strings (type format6).
- Printf, Format: new function ifprintf that consumes its arguments
and prints nothing (useful to print conditionally).
- Scanf:
new function format_from_string to convert a string to a format string;
new %r conversion to accomodate user defined scanners.
- Filename: improved Win32 implementation of Filename.quote.
- List: List.nth now tail-recursive.
- Sys: added Sys.is_directory. Some functions (e.g. Sys.command) that
could incorrectly raise Sys_io_blocked now raise Sys_error as intended.
- String and Char: the function ``escaped'' now escapes all the characters
especially handled by the compiler's lexer (PR#4220).
Other libraries:
- Bigarray: mmap_file takes an optional argument specifying
the start position of the data in the mapped file.
- Dynlink: now defines only two modules, Dynlink and Dynlinkaux (internal),
reducing risks of name conflicts with user modules.
- Labltk under Win32: now uses Tcl/Tk 8.4 instead of 8.3 by default.
- VM threads: improved performance of I/O operations (less polling).
- Unix: new function Unix.isatty.
- Unix emulation under Win32:
fixed incorrect error reporting in several functions (PR#4097);
better handling of channels opened on sockets (PR#4098);
fixed GC bug in Unix.system (PR#4112).
Documentation generator (OCamldoc):
- correctly handle '?' in value names (PR#4215)
- new option -hide-warnings not to print ocamldoc warnings
Lexer generator (ocamllex): improved error reporting.
License: fixed a typo in the "special exception" to the LGPL.
Objective Caml 3.09.3:
Bug fixes:
- ocamldoc: -using modtype constraint to filter module elements displayed
in doc PR#4016
- ocamldoc: error in merging of top dependencies of modules PR#4007
- ocamldoc: -dot-colors has no effect PR#3981
- ocamdloc: missing crossref in text from intro files PR#4066
- compilers: segfault with recursive modules PR#4008
- compilers: infinite loop when compiling objects PR#4018
- compilers: bad error message when signature mismatch PR#4001
- compilers: infinite loop with -rectypes PR#3999
- compilers: contravariance bug in private rows
- compilers: unsafe cast with polymorphic exception PR#4002
- native compiler: bad assembly code generated for AMD64 PR#4067
- native compiler: stack alignment problems on MacOSX/i386 PR#4036
- stdlib: crash in marshalling PR#4030
- stdlib: crash when closing a channel twice PR#4039
- stdlib: memory leak in Sys.readdir PR#4093
- C interface: better definition of CAMLreturn PR#4068
- otherlibs/unix: crash in gethostbyname PR#3043
- tools: subtle problem with unset in makefile PR#4048
- camlp4: install pa_o_fast.o PR#3812
- camlp4: install more modules PR#3689
New features:
- ocamldoc: name resolution in cross-referencing {!name}: if name is not
found, then it is searched in the parent module/class, and in the parent
of the parent, and so on until it is found.
- ocamldoc: new option -short-functors to use a short form to display
functors in html generator PR#4017
- ocamlprof: added "-version" option
Objective Caml 3.09.2:
Bug fixes:
- Makefile: problem with "make world.opt" PR#3954
- compilers: problem compiling several modules with one command line PR#3979
- compilers,ocamldoc: error message that Emacs cannot parse
- compilers: crash when printing type error PR#3968
- compilers: -dtypes wrong for monomorphic type variables PR#3894
- compilers: wrong warning on optional arguments PR#3980
- compilers: crash when wrong use of type constructor in let rec PR#3976
- compilers: better wording of "statement never returns" warning PR#3889
- runtime: inefficiency of signal handling PR#3990
- runtime: crashes with I/O in multithread programs PR#3906
- camlp4: empty file name in error messages PR#3886
- camlp4: stack overflow PR#3948
- otherlibs/labltk: ocamlbrowser ignores its command line options PR#3961
- otherlibs/unix: Unix.times wrong under Mac OS X PR#3960
- otherlibs/unix: wrong doc for execvp and execvpe PR#3973
- otherlibs/win32unix: random crash in Unix.stat PR#3998
- stdlib: update_mod not found under Windows PR#3847
- stdlib: Filename.dirname/basename wrong on Win32 PR#3933
- stdlib: incomplete documentation of Pervasives.abs PR#3967
- stdlib: Printf bugs PR#3902, PR#3955
- tools/checkstack.c: missing include
- yacc: crash when given argument "-" PR#3956
New features:
- ported to MacOS X on Intel PR#3985
- configure: added support for GNU Hurd PR#3991
Objective Caml 3.09.1:
Bug fixes:
- compilers: raise not_found with -principal PR#3855
- compilers: assert failure in typeclass.cml PR#3856
- compilers: assert failure in typing/ PR#3909
- compilers: fatal error exception Ctype.Unify PR#3918
- compilers: spurious warning Y in objects PR#3868
- compilers: spurious warning Z on loop index PR#3907
- compilers: error message that emacs cannot parse
- ocamlopt: problems with -for-pack/-pack PR#3825, PR#3826, PR#3919
- ocamlopt: can't produce shared libraries on x86_64 PR#3869, PR#3924
- ocamlopt: float alignment problem on SPARC PR#3944
- ocamlopt: can't compile on MIPS PR#3936
- runtime: missing dependence for ld.conf
- runtime: missing dependence for .depend.nt PR#3880
- runtime: memory leak in caml_register_named_value PR#3940
- runtime: crash in Marshal.to_buffer PR#3879
- stdlib: Sys.time giving wrong results on Mac OS X PR#3850
- stdlib: Weak.get_copy causing random crashes in rare cases
- stdlib, debugger, labltk: use TMPDIR if set PR#3895
- stdlib: scanf bug on int32 and nativeint PR#3932
- camlp4: mkcamlp4 option parsing problem PR#3941
- camlp4: bug in pretty-printing of lazy/assert/new
- camlp4: update the unmaintained makefile for _loc name
- ocamldoc: several fixes see ocamldoc/Changes.txt
- otherlibs/str: bug in long sequences of alternatives PR#3783
- otherlibs/systhreads: deadlock in Windows PR#3910
- tools: update dumpobj to handle new event format PR#3873
- toplevel: activate warning Y in toplevel PR#3832
New features:
- otherlibs/labltk: browser uses menu bars instead of menu buttons
Objective Caml 3.09.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*" )
Language features:
- Introduction of private row types, for abstracting the row in object
and variant types.
Type checking:
- Polymorphic variants with at most one constructor [< `A of t] are no
longer systematically promoted to the exact type [`A of t]. This was
more confusing than useful, and created problems with private row
Both compilers:
- Added warnings 'Y' and 'Z' for local variables that are bound but
never used.
- Added warning for some uses non-returning functions (e.g. raise), when they
are passed extra arguments, or followed by extra statements.
- Pattern matching: more prudent compilation in case of guards; fixed PR#3780.
- Compilation of classes: reduction in size of generated code.
- Compilation of "module rec" definitions: fixed a bad interaction with
structure coercion (to a more restrictive signature).
Native-code compiler (ocamlopt):
* Revised implementation of the -pack option (packing of several compilation
units into one). The .cmx files that are to be packed with
"ocamlopt -pack -o P.cmx" must be compiled with "ocamlopt -for-pack P".
In exchange for this additional constraint, ocamlopt -pack is now
available on all platforms (no need for binutils).
* Fixed wrong evaluation order for arguments to certain inlined functions.
- Modified code generation for "let rec ... and ..." to reduce compilation
time (which was quadratic in the number of mutually-recursive functions).
- x86 port: support tail-calls for functions with up to 21 arguments.
- AMD64 port, Linux: recover from system stack overflow.
- Sparc port: more portable handling of out-of-bound conditions
on systems other than Solaris.
Standard library:
- Pervasives: faster implementation of close_in, close_out.
set_binary_mode_{out,in} now working correctly under Cygwin.
- Printf: better handling of partial applications of the printf functions.
- Scanf: new function sscanf_format to read a format from a
string. The type of the resulting format is dynamically checked and
should be the type of the template format which is the second argument.
- Scanf: no more spurious lookahead attempt when the end of file condition
is set and a correct token has already been read and could be returned.
Other libraries:
- System threads library: added Thread.sigmask; fixed race condition
in signal handling.
- Bigarray library: fixed bug in Array3.of_array.
- Unix library: use canonical signal numbers in results of Unix.wait*;
hardened Unix.establish_server against EINTR errors.
Run-time system:
- Support platforms where sizeof(void *) = 8 and sizeof(long) = 4.
- Improved and cleaned up implementation of signal handling.
Replay debugger:
- Improved handling of locations in source code.
- extensible {foo } syntax
- user can give .txt files on the command line, containing ocamldoc formatted
text, to be able to include bigger texts out of source files
- -o option is now used by the html generator to indicate the prefix
of generated index files (to avoid conflict when a Index module exists
on case-insensitive file systems).
- Configuration information is installed in `ocamlc -where`/Makefile.config
and can be used by client Makefiles or shell scripts.
Objective Caml 3.08.4:
New features:
- configure: find X11 config in some 64-bit Linux distribs
- ocamldoc: (**/**) can be canceled with another (**/**) PR#3665
- graphics: added resize_window
- graphics: check for invalid arguments to drawing primitives PR#3595
- ocamlbrowser: use windows subsystem on mingw
Bug fixes:
- ocamlopt: code generation problem on AMD64 PR#3640
- wrong code generated for some classes PR#3576
- fatal error when compiling some OO code PR#3745
- problem with comparison on constant constructors PR#3608
- camlp4: cryptic error message PR#3592
- camlp4: line numbers in multi-line antiquotations PR#3549
- camlp4: problem with make depend
- camlp4: parse error with :> PR#3561
- camlp4: ident conversion problem with val/contents/contents__
- camlp4: several small parsing problems PR#3688
- ocamldebug: handling of spaces in executable file name PR#3736
- emacs-mode: problem when caml-types-buffer is deleted by user PR#3704
- ocamldoc: extra backslash in ocamldoc man page PR#3687
- ocamldoc: improvements to HTML display PR#3698
- ocamldoc: escaping of @ in info files
- ocamldoc: escaping of . and \ in man pages PR#3686
- ocamldoc: better error reporting of misplaced comments
- graphics: fixed .depend file PR#3558
- graphics: segfault with threads and graphics PR#3651
- nums: several bugs: PR#3718, PR#3719, others
- nums: inline asm problems with gcc 4.0 PR#3604, PR#3637
- threads: problem with backtrace
- unix: problem with getaddrinfo PR#3565
- stdlib: documentation of Int32.rem and Int64.rem PR#3573
- stdlib: documentation of List.rev_map2 PR#3685
- stdlib: wrong order in Map.fold PR#3607
- stdlib: documentation of maximum float array length PR#3714
- better detection of cycles when using -rectypes
- missing case of module equality PR#3738
- better error messages for unbound type variables
- stack overflow while printing type error message PR#3705
- assert failure when typing some classes PR#3638
- bug in type_approx
- better error messages related to type variance checking
- yacc: avoid name capture for idents of the Parsing module
Objective Caml 3.08.3:
New features:
- support for ocamlopt -pack under Mac OS X (PR#2634, PR#3320)
- ignore unknown warning options for forward and backward compatibility
- runtime: export caml_compare_unordered (PR#3479)
- camlp4: install argl.* files (PR#3439)
- ocamldoc: add -man-section option
- labltk: add the "solid" relief option (PR#3343)
Bug fixes:
- typing: fix unsoundness in type declaration variance inference.
Type parameters which are constrained must now have an explicit variant
annotation, otherwise they are invariant. This is not backward
compatible, so this might break code which either uses subtyping or
uses the relaxed value restriction (i.e. was not typable before 3.07)
- typing: erroneous partial match warning for polymorphic variants (PR#3424)
- runtime: handle the case of an empty command line (PR#3409, PR#3444)
- stdlib: make Sys.executable_name an absolute path in native code (PR#3303)
- runtime: fix memory leak in finalise.c
- runtime: auto-trigger compaction even if gc is called manually (PR#3392)
- stdlib: fix segfault in Obj.dup on zero-sized values (PR#3406)
- camlp4: correct parsing of the $ identifier (PR#3310, PR#3469)
- windows (MS tools): use link /lib instead of lib (PR#3333)
- windows (MS tools): change default install destination
- autoconf: better checking of SSE2 instructions (PR#3329, PR#3330)
- graphics: make close_graph close the X display as well as the window (PR#3312)
- num: fix big_int_of_string (empty string) (PR#3483)
- num: fix big bug on 64-bit architecture (PR#3299)
- str: better documentation of string_match and string_partial_match (PR#3395)
- unix: fix file descriptor leak in Unix.accept (PR#3423)
- unix: miscellaneous clean-ups
- unix: fix documentation of (PR#3341)
- graphics: fix problem when allocating lots of images under Windows (PR#3433)
- compiler: fix error message with -pack when .cmi is missing (PR#3028)
- cygwin: fix problem with compilation of camlheader (PR#3485)
- stdlib: Filename.basename doesn't return an empty string any more (PR#3451)
- stdlib: better documentation of Open_excl flag (PR#3450)
- ocamlcp: accept -thread option (PR#3511)
- ocamldep: handle spaces in file names (PR#3370)
- compiler: remove spurious warning in pattern-matching on variants (PR#3424)
- windows: better handling of InterpreterPath registry entry (PR#3334, PR#3432)
Objective Caml 3.08.2:
Bug fixes:
- runtime: memory leak when unmarshalling big data structures (PR#3247)
- camlp4: incorrect line numbers in errors (PR#3188)
- emacs: xemacs-specific code, wrong call to "sit-for"
- ocamldoc: "Lexing: empty token" (PR#3173)
- unix: problem with close_process_* (PR#3191)
- unix: possible coredumps (PR#3252)
- stdlib: wrong order in Set.fold (PR#3161)
- ocamlcp: array out of bounds in profiled programs (PR#3267)
- yacc: problem with polymorphic variant types for grammar entries (PR#3033)
- export <caml/printexc.h> for caml_format_exception (PR#3080)
- clean up caml_search_exe_in_path (maybe PR#3079)
- camlp4: new function "make_lexer" for new-style locations
- unix: added missing #includes (PR#3088)
Objective Caml 3.08.1:
- The emacs files are now under GPL
- Slightly relaxed some conditions of the QPL
Bug fixes:
- ld.conf now generated at compile-time instead of install-time
- fixed -pack on Windows XP (PR#2935)
- fixed Obj.tag (PR#2946)
- added support for multiple dlopen in Darwin
- run ranlib when installing camlp4 libraries (PR#2944)
- link camlp4opt with -linkall (PR#2949)
- camlp4 parsing of patterns now conforms to normal parsing (PR#3015)
- install camlp4 *.cmx files (PR#2955)
- fixed handling of linefeed in string constants in camlp4 (PR#3074)
- ocamldoc: fixed display of class parameters in HTML and LaTeX (PR#2994)
- ocamldoc: fixed display of link to class page in html (PR#2994)
- Windows toplevel GUI: assorted fixes (including PR#2932)
- added -v option to ocamllex
- ocamldoc: new -intf and -impl options supported (PR#3036)
Objective Caml 3.08.0:
(Changes that can break existing programs are marked with a "*" )
Language features:
- Support for immediate objects, i.e. objects defined without going
through a class. (Syntax is "object <fields and methods> end".)
- When typing record construction and record patterns, can omit
the module qualification on all labels except one. I.e.
{ M.l1 = ...; l2 = ... } is interpreted as { M.l1 = ...; M.l2 = ... }
Both compilers:
- More compact compilation of classes.
- Much more efficient handling of class definitions inside functors
or local modules.
- Simpler representation for method tables. Objects can now be marshaled
between identical programs with the flag Marshal.Closures.
- Improved error messages for objects and variants.
- Improved printing of inferred module signatures (toplevel and ocamlc -i).
Recursion between type, class, class type and module definitions is now
correctly printed.
- The -pack option now accepts compiled interfaces (.cmi files) in addition
to compiled implementations (.cmo or .cmx).
* A compile-time error is signaled if an integer literal exceeds the
range of representable integers.
- Fixed code generation error for "module rec" definitions.
- The combination of options -c -o sets the name of the generated
.cmi / .cmo / .cmx files.
Bytecode compiler:
- Option -output-obj is now compatible with Dynlink and
with embedded toplevels.
Native-code compiler:
- Division and modulus by zero correctly raise exception Division_by_zero
(instead of causing a hardware trap).
- Improved compilation time for the register allocation phase.
- The float constant -0.0 was incorrectly treated as +0.0 on some processors.
- AMD64: fixed bugs in asm glue code for GC invocation and exception raising
from C.
- IA64: fixed incorrect code generated for "expr mod 1".
- PowerPC: minor performance tweaks for the G4 and G5 processors.
Standard library:
* Revised handling of NaN floats in polymorphic comparisons.
The polymorphic boolean-valued comparisons (=, <, >, etc) now treat
NaN as uncomparable, as specified by the IEEE standard.
The 3-valued comparison (compare) treats NaN as equal to itself
and smaller than all other floats. As a consequence, x == y
no longer implies x = y but still implies compare x y = 0.
* String-to-integer conversions now fail if the result overflows
the range of integers representable in the result type.
* All array and string access functions now raise
Invalid_argument("index out of bounds") when a bounds check fails.
In earlier releases, different exceptions were raised
in bytecode and native-code.
- Module Buffer: new functions Buffer.sub, Buffer.nth
- Module Int32: new functions Int32.bits_of_float, Int32.float_of_bits.
- Module Map: new functions is_empty, compare, equal.
- Module Set: new function split.
* Module Gc: in-order finalisation, new function finalise_release.
Other libraries:
- The Num library: complete reimplementation of the C/asm lowest
layer to work around potential licensing problems.
Improved speed on the PowerPC and AMD64 architectures.
- The Graphics library: improved event handling under MS Windows.
- The Str library: fixed bug in "split" functions with nullable regexps.
- The Unix library:
. Added Unix.single_write.
. Added support for IPv6.
. Bug fixes in Unix.closedir.
. Allow thread switching on Unix.lockf.
Runtime System:
* Name space depollution: all global C identifiers are now prefixed
with "caml" to avoid name clashes with other libraries. This
includes the "external" primitives of the standard runtime.
- Windows ports: many improvements in the OCamlWin toplevel application
(history, save inputs to file, etc). Contributed by Christopher A. Watford.
- Native-code compilation supported for HPPA/Linux. Contributed by Guy Martin.
- Removed support for MacOS9. Mac OS 9 is obsolete and the port was not
updated since 3.05.
- Removed ocamlopt support for HPPA/Nextstep and Power/AIX.
- #line directives in the input file are now accepted.
- Added character set concatenation operator "cset1 # cset2".
- #line directives in the input file are now accepted.
* Support for new-style locations (line numbers, not just character numbers).
- See camlp4/CHANGES and camlp4/ICHANGES for more info.
Objective Caml 3.07:
Language features:
- Experimental support for recursive module definitions
module rec A : SIGA = StructA and B : SIGB = StructB and ...
- Support for "private types", or more exactly concrete data types
with private constructors or labels. These data types can be
de-structured normally in pattern matchings, but values of these
types cannot be constructed directly outside of their defining module.
- Added integer literals of types int32, nativeint, int64
(written with an 'l', 'n' or 'L' suffix respectively).
- Allow polymorphic generalization of covariant parts of expansive
expressions. For instance, if f: unit -> 'a list, "let x = f ()"
gives "x" the generalized type forall 'a. 'a list, instead of '_a list
as before.
- The typing of polymorphic variants in pattern matching has changed.
It is intended to be more regular, sticking to the principle of "closing
only the variants which would be otherwise incomplete". Two potential
consequences: (1) some types may be left open which were closed before,
and the resulting type might not match the interface anymore (expected to
be rare); (2) in some cases an incomplete match may be generated.
- Lots of bug fixes in the handling of polymorphism and recursion inside
- Added a new "-dtypes" option to ocamlc/ocamlopt, and an emacs extension
"emacs/caml-types.el". The compiler option saves inferred type information
to file *.annot, and the emacs extension allows the user to look at the
type of any subexpression in the source file. Works even in the case
of a type error (all the types computed up to the error are available).
This new feature is also supported by ocamlbrowser.
- Disable "method is overridden" warning when the method was explicitly
redefined as virtual beforehand (i.e. not through inheritance). Typing
and semantics are unchanged.
Both compilers:
- Added option "-dtypes" to dump detailed type information to a file.
- The "-i" option no longer generates compiled files, it only prints
the inferred types.
- The sources for the module named "Mod" can be placed either in or
- Compilation of "let rec" on non-functional values: tightened some checks,
relaxed some other checks.
- Fixed wrong code that was generated for "for i = a to max_int"
or "for i = a downto min_int".
- An explicit interface Mod.mli can now be provided for the module obtained
by ocamlc -pack -o Mod.cmo ... or ocamlopt -pack -o Mod.cmx ...
- Revised internal handling of source code locations, now handles
preprocessed code better.
- Pattern-matching bug on float literals fixed.
- Minor improvements on pattern-matching over variants.
- More efficient compilation of string comparisons and the "compare" function.
- More compact code generated for arrays of constants.
- Fixed GC bug with mutable record fields of type "exn".
- Added warning "E" for "fragile patterns": pattern matchings that would
not be flagged as partial if new constructors were added to the data type.
Bytecode compiler:
- Added option -vmthread to select the threads library with VM-level
scheduling. The -thread option now selects the system threads library.
Native-code compiler:
- New port: AMD64 (Opteron).
- Fixed instruction selection bug on expressions of the kind (raise Exn)(arg).
- Several bug fixes in ocamlopt -pack (tracking of imported modules,
command line too long).
- Signal handling bug fixed.
- x86 port:
Added -ffast-math option to use inline trigo and log functions.
Small performance tweaks for the Pentium 4.
Fixed illegal "imul" instruction generated by reloading phase.
- Sparc port:
Enhanced code generation for Sparc V8 (option -march=v8) and
Sparc V9 (option -march=v9).
Profiling support added for Solaris.
- PowerPC port:
Keep stack 16-aligned for compatibility with C calling conventions.
Toplevel interactive system:
- Tightened interface consistency checks between .cmi files, .cm[oa] files
loaded by #load, and the running toplevel.
- #trace on mutually-recursive functions was broken, works again.
- Look for .ocamlinit file in home directory in addition to the current dir.
Standard library:
- Match_failure and Assert_failure exceptions now report
(file, line, column), instead of (file, starting char, ending char).
- float_of_string, int_of_string: some ill-formed input strings were not
- Added format concatenation, string_of_format, format_of_string.
- Module Arg: added new option handlers Set_string, Set_int, Set_float,
Symbol, Tuple.
- Module Format: tag handling is now turned off by default,
use [Format.set_tags true] to activate.
- Modules Lexing and Parsing: added better handling of positions
in source file. Added function Lexing.flush_input.
- Module Scanf: %n and %N formats to count characters / items read so far;
assorted bug fixes, %! to match end of input. New ``_'' special
flag to skip reresulting value.
- Module Format: tags are not activated by default.
- Modules Set and Map: fixed bugs causing trees to become unbalanced.
- Module Printf: less restrictive typing of kprintf.
- Module Random: better seeding; functions to generate random int32, int64,
nativeint; added support for explicit state management.
- Module Sys: added Sys.readdir for reading the contents of a directory.
Runtime system:
- output_value/input_value: fixed bug with large blocks (>= 4 Mwords)
produced on a 64-bit platform and incorrectly read back on a 32-bit
- Fixed memory compaction bug involving input_value.
- Added MacOS X support for dynamic linking of C libraries.
- Improved stack backtraces on uncaught exceptions.
- Fixed float alignment problem on Sparc V9 with gcc 3.2.
Other libraries:
- Dynlink:
By default, dynamically-loaded code now has access to all
modules defined by the program; new functions Dynlink.allow_only
and Dynlink.prohibit implement access control.
Fixed Dynlink problem with files generated with ocamlc -pack.
Protect against references to modules not yet fully initialized.
- LablTK/CamlTK: added support for TCL/TK 8.4.
- Str: reimplemented regexp matching engine, now less buggy, faster,
and LGPL instead of GPL.
- Graphics: fixed draw_rect and fill_rect bug under X11.
- System threads and bytecode threads libraries can be both installed.
- System threads: better implementation of Thread.exit.
- Bytecode threads: fixed two library initialization bugs.
- Unix: make Unix.openfile blocking to account for named pipes;
GC bug in Unix.*stat fixed; fixed problem with Unix.dup2 on Windows.
- Can name parts of the matched input text, e.g.
"0" (['0'-'7']+ as s) { ... s ... }
- Handle programs that run for more than 2^30 steps.
Emacs mode:
- Added file caml-types.el to interactively display the type information
saved by option -dtypes.
Win32 ports:
- Cygwin port: recognize \ as directory separator in addition to /
- MSVC port: ocamlopt -pack works provided GNU binutils are installed.
- Graphics library: fixed bug in Graphics.blit_image; improved event handling.
- new ty_code field for types, to keep code of a type (with option -keep-code)
- new ex_code field for types, to keep code of an exception
(with option -keep-code)
- some fixes in html generation
- don't overwrite existing style.css file when generating HTML
- create the ocamldoc.sty file when generating LaTeX (if nonexistent)
- man pages are now installed in man/man3 rather than man/mano
- fix: empty [] in generated HTML indexes
Objective Caml 3.06:
- Apply value restriction to polymorphic record fields.
Run-time system:
- Fixed GC bug affecting lazy values.
Both compilers:
- Added option "-version" to print just the version number.
- Fixed wrong dependencies in .cmi generated with the -pack option.
Native-code compiler:
- Fixed wrong return value for inline bigarray assignments.
- Unix.getsockopt: make sure result is a valid boolean.
- ocamlbrowser: improved error reporting; small Win32 fixes.
Windows ports:
- Fixed two problems with the Mingw port under Cygwin 1.3.
Objective Caml 3.05:
Language features:
- Support for polymorphic methods and record fields.
- Allows _ separators in integer and float literals, e.g. 1_000_000.
- New flag -principal to enforce principality of type inference.
- Fixed subtle typing bug with higher-order functors.
- Fixed several complexity problems; changed (again) the behaviour of
simple coercions.
- Fixed various bugs with objects and polymorphic variants.
- Improved some error messages.
Both compilers:
- Added option "-pack" to assemble several compilation units as one unit
having the given units as sub-modules.
- More precise detection of unused sub-patterns in "or" patterns.
- Warnings for ill-formed \ escapes in string and character literals.
- Protect against spaces and other special characters in directory names.
- Added interface consistency check when building a .cma or .cmxa library.
- Minor reduction in code size for class initialization code.
- Added option "-nostdlib" to ignore standard library entirely.
Bytecode compiler:
- Fixed issue with ocamlc.opt and dynamic linking.
Native-code compiler:
- Added link-time check for multiply-defined module names.
- Fixed GC bug related to constant constructors of polymorphic variant types.
- Fixed compilation bug for top-level "include" statements.
- PowerPC port: work around limited range for relative branches,
thus removing assembler failures on large functions.
- IA64 port: fixed code generation bug for 3-way constructor matching.
Toplevel interactive system:
- Can load object files given on command line before starting up.
- ocamlmktop: minimized possibility of name clashes with user-provided modules.
Run-time system:
- Minor garbage collector no longer recursive.
- Better support for lazy data in the garbage collector.
- Fixed issues with the heap compactor.
- Fixed issues with finalized Caml values.
- The type "int64" is now supported on all platforms: we use software
emulation if the C compiler doesn't support 64-bit integers.
- Support for float formats that are neither big-endian nor little-endian
(one known example: the ARM).
- Fixed bug in callback*_exn functions in the exception-catching case.
- Work around gcc 2.96 bug on RedHat 7.2 and Mandrake 8.0, 8.1 among others.
- Stub DLLs now installed in subdir stublibs/ of standard library dir.
Standard library:
- Protect against integer overflow in sub-string and sub-array bound checks.
- New module Complex implementing arithmetic over complex numbers.
- New module Scanf implementing format-based scanning a la scanf() in C.
- Module Arg: added alternate entry point Arg.parse_argv.
- Modules Char, Int32, Int64, Nativeint, String: added type "t" and function
"compare" so that these modules can be used directly with e.g. Set.Make.
- Module Digest: fixed issue with Digest.file on large files (>= 1Gb);
added Digest.to_hex.
- Module Filename: added Filename.open_temp_file to atomically create and
open the temp file; improved security of Filename.temp_file.
- Module Genlex: allow _ as first character of an identifier.
- Module Lazy: more efficient implementation.
- Module Lexing: improved performances for very large tokens.
- Module List: faster implementation of sorting functions.
- Module Printf:
added %S and %C formats (quoted, escaped strings and characters);
added kprintf (calls user-specified continuation on formatted string).
- Module Queue: faster implementation (courtesy of François Pottier).
- Module Random: added Random.bool.
- Module Stack: added Stack.is_empty.
- Module Pervasives:
added sub-module LargeFile to support files larger than 1Gb
(file offsets are int64 rather than int);
opening in "append" mode automatically sets "write" mode;
files are now opened in close-on-exec mode;
string_of_float distinguishes its output from a plain integer;
faster implementation of input_line for long lines.
- Module Sys:
added Sys.ocaml_version containing the OCaml version number;
added Sys.executable_name containing the (exact) path of the
file being executable;
Sys.argv.(0) is now unchanged w.r.t. what was provided as 0-th argument
by the shell.
- Module Weak: added weak hash tables.
Other libraries:
- Bigarray:
support for bigarrays of complex numbers;
added functions Genarray.dims,
- Dynlink: fixed bug with loading of mixed-mode Caml/C libraries.
- LablTK:
now supports also the CamlTK API (no labels);
support for Activate and Deactivate events;
support for virtual events;
added UTF conversion;
export the tcl interpreter as caml value, to avoid DLL dependencies.
- Unix:
added sub-module LargeFile to support files larger than 1Gb
(file offsets are int64 rather than int);
added POSIX opening flags (O_NOCTTY, O_*SYNC);
use reentrant functions for gethostbyname and gethostbyaddr when available;
fixed bug in Unix.close_process and Unix.close_process_full;
removed some overhead in
- ocamldoc (the documentation generator) is now part of the distribution.
- Debugger: now supports the option -I +dir.
- ocamllex: supports the same identifiers as ocamlc; warns for
bad \ escapes in strings and characters.
- ocamlbrowser:
recenter the module boxes when showing a cross-reference;
include the current directory in the ocaml path.
Windows port:
- Can now compile with Mingw (the GNU compilers without the Cygwin
runtime library) in addition to MSVC.
- Toplevel GUI: wrong filenames were given to #use and #load commands;
read_line() was buggy for short lines (2 characters or less).
- OCamlBrowser: now fully functional.
- Graphics library: fixed several bugs in event handling.
- Threads library: fixed preemption bug.
- Unix library: better handling of the underlying differences between
sockets and regular file descriptors;
added Unix.lockf and a better Unix.rename (thanks to Tracy Camp).
- LablTk library: fixed a bug in Fileinput
Objective Caml 3.04:
- Allowed coercing self to the type of the current class, avoiding
an obscure error message about "Self type cannot be unified..."
Both compilers:
- Use OCAMLLIB environment variable to find standard library, falls
back on CAMLLIB if not defined.
- Report out-of-range ASCII escapes in character or string literals
such as "\256".
Byte-code compiler:
- The -use-runtime and -make-runtime flags are back by popular demand
(same behavior as in 3.02).
- Dynamic loading (of the C part of mixed Caml/C libraries): arrange that
linking in -custom mode uses the static libraries for the C parts,
not the shared libraries, for maximal robustness and compatibility with
Native-code compiler:
- Fixed bug in link-time consistency checking.
- ocamlyacc: added parser debugging support (set OCAMLRUNPARAM=p to get
a trace of the pushdown automaton actions).
- ocamlcp: was broken in 3.03 (Sys_error), fixed.
Run-time system:
- More work on dynamic loading of the C part of mixed Caml/C libraries.
- On uncaught exception, flush output channels before printing exception
message and backtrace.
- Corrected several errors in exception backtraces.
Standard library:
- Pervasives: integer division and modulus are now fully specified
on negative arguments (with round-towards-zero semantics).
- Pervasives.float_of_string: now raises Failure on ill-formed input.
- Pervasives: added useful float constants max_float, min_float, epsilon_float.
- printf functions in Printf and Format: added % formats for int32, nativeint,
int64; "*" in width and precision specifications now supported
(contributed by Thorsten Ohl).
- Added Hashtbl.copy, Stack.copy.
- Hashtbl: revised resizing strategy to avoid quadratic behavior
on Hashtbl.add.
- New module MoreLabels providing labelized versions of modules
Hashtbl, Map and Set.
- Pervasives.output_value and Marshal.to_* : improved hashing strategy
for internal data structures, avoid excessive slowness on
quasi-linearly-allocated inputs.
Other libraries:
- Num: fixed bug in big integer exponentiation (Big_int.power_*).
Windows port:
- New GUI for interactive toplevel (Jacob Navia).
- The Graphics library is now available for stand-alone executables
(Jacob Navia).
- Unix library: improved reporting of system error codes.
- Fixed error in "globbing" of * and ? patterns on command line.
Emacs mode: small fixes; special color highlighting for ocamldoc comments.
License: added special exception to the LGPL'ed code (libraries and
runtime system) allowing unrestricted linking, whether static or dynamic.
Objective Caml 3.03 ALPHA:
- Removed built-in syntactic sugar for streams and stream patterns
[< ... >], now supported via CamlP4, which is now included in the
- Switched the default behaviour to labels mode (labels are compulsory),
but allows omitting labels when a function application is complete.
-nolabels mode is available but deprecated for programming.
(See also scrapelabels and addlabels tools below.)
- Removed all labels in the standard libraries, except labltk.
Labelized versions are kept for ArrayLabels, ListLabels, StringLabels
and UnixLabels. "open StdLabels" gives access to the first three.
- Extended polymorphic variant type syntax, allowing union types and
row abbreviations for both sub- and super-types. #t deprecated in types.
- See the Upgrading file for how to adapt to all the changes above.
- Fixed obscure bug in module typing causing the type-checker to loop
on signatures of the form
module type M
module A: sig module type T = sig module T: M end end
module B: A.T
- Improved efficiency of module type-checking via lazy computation of
certain signature summary information.
- An empty polymorphic variant type is now an error.
Both compilers:
- Fixed wrong code generated for "struct include M ... end" when M
contains one or several "external" declarations.
Byte-code compiler:
- Protect against VM stack overflow caused by module initialization code
with many local variables.
- Support for dynamic loading of the C part of mixed Caml/C libraries.
- Removed the -use-runtime and -make-runtime flags, obsoleted by dynamic
loading of C libraries.
Native-code compiler:
- Attempt to recover gracefully from system stack overflow. Currently
works on x86 under Linux and BSD.
- Alpha: work around "as" bug in Tru64 5.1.
Toplevel environment:
- Revised printing of inferred types and evaluation results
so that an external printer (e.g. Camlp4's) can be hooked in.
- The CamlP4 pre-processor-pretty-printer is now included in the standard
- New tool ocamlmklib to help build mixed Caml/C libraries.
- New tool scrapelabels and addlabels, to either remove (non-optional)
labels in interfaces, or automatically add them in the definitions.
They provide easy transition from classic mode ocaml 3.02 sources,
depending on whether you want to keep labels or not.
- ocamldep: added -pp option to handle preprocessed source files.
Run-time system:
- Support for dynamic loading of the C part of mixed Caml/C libraries.
Currently works under Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Tru64, Solaris and Irix.
- Implemented registration of global C roots with a skip list,
runs much faster when there are many global C roots.
- Autoconfiguration script: fixed wrong detection of Mac OS X; problem
with the Sparc, gcc 3.0, and float alignment fixed.
Standard library:
- Added Pervasives.flush_all to flush all opened output channels.
Other libraries:
- All libraries revised to allow dynamic loading of the C part.
- Graphics under X Windows: revised event handling, should no longer lose
mouse events between two calls to wait_next_event(); wait_next_event()
now interruptible by signals.
- Bigarrays: fixed bug in marshaling of big arrays.
Windows port:
- Fixed broken Unix.{get,set}sockopt*
Objective Caml 3.02:
Both compilers:
- Fixed embarrassing bug in pattern-matching compilation
(affected or-patterns containing variable bindings).
- More optimizations in pattern-matching compilation.
Byte-code compiler:
- Protect against VM stack overflow caused by functions with many local
Native-code compiler:
- Removed re-sharing of string literals, causes too many surprises with
in-place string modifications.
- Corrected wrong compilation of toplevel "include" statements.
- Fixed bug in runtime function "callbackN_exn".
- Signal handlers receive the conventional signal number as argument
instead of the system signal number (same behavior as with the
bytecode compiler).
- ARM port: fixed issue with immediate operand overflow in large functions.
Toplevel environment:
- User-definer printers (for #install_printer) now receive as first argument
the pretty-printer formatter where to print their second argument.
Old printers (with only one argument) still supported for backward
Standard library:
- Module Hashtbl: added Hashtbl.fold.
Other libraries:
- Dynlink: better error reporting in add_interfaces for missing .cmi files.
- Graphics: added more drawing functions (multiple points, polygons,
multiple lines, splines).
- Bytecode threads: the module Unix is now thread-safe, ThreadUnix is
deprecated. Unix.exec* now resets standard descriptors to blocking mode.
- Native threads: fixed a context-switch-during-GC problem causing
certain C runtime functions to fail, most notably input_value.
- Unix.inet_addr_of_string: call inet_aton() when available so as to
handle correctly the address
- Unix: added more getsockopt and setsockopt functions to get/set
options that have values other than booleans.
- Num: added documentation for the Big_int module.
- ocamldep: fixed wrong dependency issue with nested modules.
Run-time system:
- Removed floating-point error at start-up on some non-IEEE platforms
(e.g. FreeBSD prior to 4.0R).
- Stack backtrace mechanism now works for threads that terminate on
an uncaught exception.
- Updated config.guess and config.sub scripts, should recognize a greater
number of recent platform.
Windows port:
- Fixed broken Unix.waitpid. Unix.file_descr can now be compared or hashed.
- Toplevel application: issue with spaces in name of stdlib directory fixed.
MacOS 9 port:
- Removed the last traces of support for 68k
Objective Caml 3.01:
New language features:
- Variables are allowed in "or" patterns, e.g.
match l with [t] | [_;t] -> ... t ...
- "include <structure expression>" to re-export all components of a
structure inside another structure.
- Variance annotation on parameters of type declarations, e.g.
type (+'a,-'b,'c) t (covariant in 'a, contravariant in 'b, invariant in 'c)
New ports:
- Intel IA64/Itanium under Linux (including the native-code compiler).
- Cygwin under MS Windows. This port is an alternative to the earlier
Windows port of OCaml, which relied on MS compilers; the Cygwin
Windows port does not need MS Visual C++ nor MASM, runs faster
in bytecode, and has a better implementation of the Unix library,
but currently lacks threads and COM component support.
- Relaxed "monomorphic restriction" on type constructors in a
mutually-recursive type definition, e.g. the following is again allowed
type u = C of int t | D of string t and 'a t = ...
- Fixed name-capture bug in "include SIG" and "SIG with ..." constructs.
- Improved implicit subtypes built by (... :> ty), closer to intuition.
- Several bug fixes in type-checking of variants.
- Typing of polymorphic variants is more restrictive:
do not allow conjunctive types inside the same pattern matching.
a type has either an upper bound, or all its tags are in the lower bound.
This may break some programs (this breaks lablgl-0.94).
Both compilers:
- Revised compilation of pattern matching.
- Option -I +<subdir> to search a subdirectory <subdir> of the standard
library directory (i.e. write "ocamlc -I +labltk" instead of
"ocamlc -I /usr/local/lib/ocaml/labltk").
- Option -warn-error to turn warnings into errors.
- Option -where to print the location of the standard library directory.
- Assertions are now type-checked even if the -noassert option is given,
thus -noassert can no longe change the types of modules.
Bytecode compiler and bytecode interpreter:
- Print stack backtrace when a program aborts due to an uncaught exception
(requires compilation with -g and running with ocamlrun -b or
Native-code compiler:
- Better unboxing optimizations on the int32, int64, and nativeint types.
- Tail recursion preserved for functions having more parameters than
available registers (but tail calls to other functions are still
turned off if parameters do not fit entirely in registers).
- Fixed name-capture bug in function inlining.
- Improved spilling/reloading strategy for conditionals.
- IA32, Alpha: better alignment of branch targets.
- Removed spurious dependency on the -lcurses library.
Toplevel environment:
- Revised handling of top-level value definitions, allows reclaimation
of definitions that are shadowed by later definitions with the same names.
(E.g. "let x = <big list>;; let x = 1;;" allows <big list> to be reclaimed.)
- Revised the tracing facility so that for standard library functions,
only calls from user code are traced, not calls from the system.
- Added a "*" prompt when within a comment.
Runtime system:
- Fixed portability issue on bcopy() vs memmove(), affecting Linux RedHat 7.0
in particular.
- Structural comparisons (=, <>, <, <=, >, >=, compare) reimplemented
so as to avoid overflowing the C stack.
- Input/output functions: arrange so that reads and writes on closed
in_channel or out_channel raise Sys_error immediately.
Standard library:
- Module Gc: changed some counters to float in order to avoid overflow;
added alarms
- Module Hashtbl: added Hashtbl.replace.
- Module Int64: added bits_of_float, float_of_bits (access to IEEE 754
representation of floats).
- Module List: List.partition now tail-rec;
improved memory behavior of List.stable_sort.
- Module Nativeint: added Nativeint.size (number of bits in a nativeint).
- Module Obj: fixed incorrect resizing of float arrays in Obj.resize.
- Module Pervasives: added float constants "infinity", "neg_infinity", "nan";
added a "classify_float" function to test a float for NaN, infinity, etc.
- Pervasives.input_value: fixed bug affecting shared custom objects.
- Pervasives.output_value: fixed size bug affecting "int64" values.
- Pervasives.int_of_string, {Int32,Int64,Nativeint}.of_string:
fixed bug causing bad digits to be accepted without error.
- Module Random: added get_state and set_state to checkpoint the generator.
- Module Sys: signal handling functions are passed the system-independent
signal number rather than the raw system signal number whenever possible.
- Module Weak: added Weak.get_copy.
Other libraries:
- Bigarray: added Bigarray.reshape to take a view of the elements of a
bigarray with different dimensions or number of dimensions;
fixed bug causing "get" operations to be unavailable in custom
toplevels including Bigarray.
- Dynlink: raise an error instead of crashing when the loaded module
refers to the not-yet-initialized module performing a dynlink operation.
- Bytecode threads: added a thread-safe version of the Marshal module;
fixed a rare GC bug in the thread scheduler.
- POSIX threads: fixed compilation problem with threads.cmxa.
- Both thread libraries: better tail-recursion in Event.sync.
- Num library: fixed bug in square roots (Nat.sqrt_nat, Big_int.sqrt_big_int).
- ocamldep: fixed missing dependencies on labels of record patterns and
record construction operations
Win32 port:
- Unix.waitpid now implements the WNOHANG option.
Mac OS ports:
- Mac OS X public beta is supported.
- Int64.format works on Mac OS 8/9.
Objective Caml 3.00:
- OCaml/OLabl merger:
* Support for labeled and optional arguments for functions and classes.
* Support for variant types (sum types compared by structure).
See tutorial (chapter 2 of the OCaml manual) for more information.
- Syntactic change: "?" in stream error handlers changed to "??".
- Added exception renaming in structures (exception E = F).
- (OCaml 2.99/OLabl users only) Label syntax changed to preserve
backward compatibility with 2.0x (labeled function application
is f ~lbl:arg instead of f lbl:arg). A tool is provided to help
convert labelized programs to OCaml 3.00.
Both compilers:
- Option -labels to select commuting label mode (labels are mandatory,
but labeled arguments can be passed in a different order than in
the definition of the function; in default mode, labels may be omitted,
but argument reordering is only allowed for optional arguments).
- Libraries (.cma and .cmxa files) now "remember" C libraries given
at library construction time, and add them back at link time.
Allows linking with e.g. just unix.cma instead of
unix.cma -custom -cclib -lunix
- Revised printing of error messages, now use Format.fprintf; no visible
difference for users, but could facilitate internationalization later.
- Fixed bug in unboxing of records containing only floats.
- Fixed typing bug involving applicative functors as components of modules.
- Better error message for inconsistencies between compiled interfaces.
Bytecode compiler:
- New "modular" format for bytecode executables; no visible differences
for users, but will facilitate further extensions later.
- Fixed problems in signal handling.
Native-code compiler:
- Profiling support on x86 under FreeBSD
- Open-coding and unboxing optimizations for the new integer types
int32, int64, nativeint, and for bigarrays.
- Fixed instruction selection bug with "raise" appearing in arguments
of strict operators, e.g. "1 + raise E".
- Better error message when linking incomplete/incorrectly ordered set
of .cmx files.
- Optimized scanning of global roots during GC, can reduce total running
time by up to 8% on GC-intensive programs.
Interactive toplevel:
- Better printing of exceptions, including arguments, when possible.
- Fixed rare GC bug occurring during interpretation of scripts.
- Added consistency checks between interfaces and implementations
during #load.
Run-time system:
- Added support for "custom" heap blocks (heap blocks carrying
C functions for finalization, comparison, hashing, serialization
and deserialization).
- Support for finalisation functions written in Caml.
Standard library:
- New modules Int32, Int64, Nativeint for 32-bit, 64-bit and
platform-native integers
- Module Array: added Array.sort, Array.stable_sort.
- Module Gc: added Gc.finalise to attach Caml finalisation functions to
arbitrary heap-allocated data.
- Module Hashtbl: do not bomb when resizing very large table.
- Module Lazy: raise Lazy.Undefined when a lazy evaluation needs itself.
- Module List: added List.sort, List.stable_sort; fixed bug in List.rev_map2.
- Module Map: added mapi (iteration with key and data).
- Module Set: added iterators for_all, exists, filter, partition.
- Module Sort: still here but deprecated in favor of new sorting functions
in Array and List.
- Module Stack: added
- Module String: fixed boundary condition on String.rindex_from
- Added labels on function arguments where appropriate.
New libraries and tools:
- ocamlbrowser: graphical browser for OCaml sources and compiled interfaces,
supports cross-referencing, editing, running the toplevel.
- LablTK: GUI toolkit based on TK, using labeled and optional arguments,
easier to use than CamlTK.
- Bigarray: large, multi-dimensional numerical arrays, facilitate
interfacing with C/Fortran numerical code, efficient support for
advanced array operations such as slicing and memory-mapping of files.
Other libraries:
- Bytecode threads: timer-based preemption was broken, works back again;
fixed bug in Pervasives.input_line; exported Thread.yield.
- System threads: several GC / reentrancy bugs fixed in buffered I/O
and Unix I/O; revised Thread.join implementation for strict POSIX
conformance; exported Thread.yield.
- Graphics: added support for double buffering; added, current_x, current_y,
rmoveto, rlineto, and draw_rect.
- Num: fixed bug in Num.float_of_num.
- Str: worked around potential symbol conflicts with C standard library.
- Dbm: fixed bug with Dbm.iter on empty database.
New or updated ports:
- Alpha/Digital Unix: lifted 256M limitation on total memory space
induced by -taso
- Port to AIX 4.3 on PowerPC
- Port to HPUX 10 on HPPA
- Deprecated 680x0 / SunOS port
Macintosh port:
- Implemented the Unix and Thread libraries.
- The toplevel application does not work on 68k Macintoshes; maybe
later if there's a demand.
- Added a new tool, ocamlmkappli, to build an application from a
program written in O'Caml.
Objective Caml 2.04:
- C interface: corrected inconsistent change in the CAMLparam* macros.
- Fixed internal error in ocamlc -g.
- Fixed type-checking of "S with ...", where S is a module type name
abbreviating another module type name.
- ocamldep: fixed stdout/stderr mismatch after failing on one file.
- Random.self_init more random.
- Windows port:
- Toplevel application: fixed spurious crash on exit.
- Native-code compiler: fixed bug in assembling certain
floating-point constants (masm doesn't grok 2e5, wants 2.0e5).
Objective Caml 2.03:
New ports:
- Ported to BeOS / Intel x86 (bytecode and native-code).
- BSD / Intel x86 port now supports both a.out and ELF binary formats.
- Added support for {Net,Open}BSD / Alpha.
- Revamped Rhapsody port, now works on MacOS X server.
- Warning for "(*)" and "*)" outside comment.
- Removed "#line LINENO", too ambiguous with a method invocation;
the equivalent "# LINENO" is still supported.
- When an incomplete pattern-matching is detected, report also a
value or value template that is not covered by the cases of
the pattern-matching.
- Several bugs in class type matching and in type error reporting fixed.
- Added an option -rectypes to support general recursive types,
not just those involving object types.
Bytecode compiler:
- Minor cleanups in the bytecode emitter.
- Do not remove "let x = y" bindings in -g mode; makes it easier to
debug the code.
Native-code compiler:
- Fixed bug in grouping of allocations performed in the same basic block.
- Fixed bug in constant propagation involving expressions containing
- Fixed incorrect code generation for "for" loops whose upper bound is
a reference assigned inside the loop.
- MIPS code generator: work around a bug in the IRIX 6 assembler.
- Fixed incorrect redirection of standard formatter to stderr
while executing toplevel scripts.
Standard library:
- Added List.rev_map, List.rev_map2.
- Documentation of List functions now says which functions are
tail-rec, and how much stack space is needed for non-tailrec functions.
- Wrong type for Printf.bprintf fixed.
- Fixed weird behavior of Printf.sprintf and Printf.bprintf in case of
partial applications.
- Added Random.self_init, which initializes the PRNG from the system date.
- Sort.array: serious bugs fixed.
- Stream.count: fixed incorrect behavior with ocamlopt.
Run-time system and external interface:
- Fixed weird behavior of signal handlers w.r.t. signal masks and exceptions
raised from the signal handler.
- Fixed bug in the callback*_exn() functions.
- Fixed wrong printing of float record fields and elements of float arrays.
- Supports identifiers starting with '_'.
- Handles .mli files, so ocamlcp can be used to replace ocamlc (e.g. in a
- Now works on programs that use stream expressions and stream parsers.
Other libraries:
- Graphics: under X11, treat all mouse buttons equally; fixed problem
with current font reverting to the default font when the graphics
window is resized.
- Str: fixed reentrancy bugs in Str.replace and Str.full_split.
- Bytecode threads: set standard I/O descriptors to non-blocking mode.
- OS threads: revised implementation of Thread.wait_signal.
- All threads: added Event.wrap_abort, Event.choose [].
- Unix.localtime, Unix.gmtime: check for errors.
- Unix.create_process: now supports arbitrary redirections of std descriptors.
- Added Unix.open_process_full.
- Implemented Unix.chmod under Windows.
- Big_int.square_big_int now gives the proper sign to its result.
- ocamldep: don't stop at first error, skip to next file.
- Emacs mode: updated with Garrigue and Zimmerman's snapshot of 1999/10/18.
- configure script: added -prefix option.
- Windows toplevel application: fixed problem with graphics library
not loading properly.
Objective Caml 2.02:
* Type system:
- Check that all components of a signature have unique names.
- Fixed bug in signature matching involving a type component and
a module component, both sharing an abstract type.
- Bug involving recursive classes constrained by a class type fixed.
- Fixed bugs in printing class types and in printing unification errors.
* Compilation:
- Changed compilation scheme for "{r with lbl = e}" when r has many fields
so as to avoid code size explosion.
* Native-code compiler:
- Better constant propagation in boolean expressions and in conditionals.
- Removal of unused arguments during function inlining.
- Eliminated redundant tagging/untagging in bit shifts.
- Static allocation of closures for functions without free variables,
reduces the size of initialization code.
- Revised compilation scheme for definitions at top level of compilation
units, so that top level functions have no free variables.
- Coalesced multiple allocations of heap blocks inside one expression
(e.g. x :: y :: z allocates the two conses in one step).
- Ix86: better handling of large integer constants in instruction selection.
- MIPS: fixed wrong asm generated for String.length "literal".
* Standard library:
- Added the "ignore" primitive function, which just throws away its
argument and returns "()". It allows to write
"ignore(f x); y" if "f x" doesn't have type unit and you don't
want the warning caused by "f x; y".
- Added the "Buffer" module (extensible string buffers).
- Module Format: added formatting to buffers and to strings.
- Added "mem" functions (membership test) to Hashtbl and Map.
- Module List: added find, filter, partition.
Renamed remove and removeq to remove_assoc and remove_assq.
- Module Marshal: fixed bug in marshaling functions when passed functional
values defined by mutual recursion with other functions.
- Module Printf: added Printf.bprintf (print to extensible buffer);
added %i format as synonymous for %d (as per the docs).
- Module Sort: added Sort.array (Quicksort).
* Runtime system:
- New callback functions for callbacks with arbitrary many arguments
and for catching Caml exceptions escaping from a callback.
* The ocamldep dependency generator: now performs full parsing of the
sources, taking into account the scope of module bindings.
* The ocamlyacc parser generator: fixed sentinel error causing wrong
tables to be generated in some cases.
* The str library:
- Added split_delim, full_split as variants of split that control
more precisely what happens to delimiters.
- Added replace_matched for separate matching and replacement operations.
* The graphics library:
- Bypass color lookup for 16 bpp and 32 bpp direct-color displays.
- Larger color cache.
* The thread library:
- Bytecode threads: more clever use of non-blocking I/O, makes I/O
operations faster.
- POSIX threads: gcc-ism removed, should now compile on any ANSI C compiler.
- Both: avoid memory leak in the Event module when a communication
offer is never selected.
* The Unix library:
- Fixed inversion of ctime and mtime in Unix.stat, Unix.fstat, Unix.lstat.
- Unix.establish_connection: properly reclaim socket if connect fails.
* The DBM library: no longer crashes when calling Dbm.close twice.
* Emacs mode:
- Updated with Garrigue and Zimmerman's latest version.
- Now include an "ocamltags" script for using etags on OCaml sources.
* Win32 port:
- Fixed end-of-line bug in ocamlcp causing problems with generated sources.
Objective Caml 2.01:
* Typing:
- Added warning for expressions of the form "a; b" where a does not have
type "unit"; catches silly mistake such as
"record.lbl = newval; ..." instead of "record.lbl <- newval; ...".
- Typing bug in "let module" fixed.
* Compilation:
- Fixed bug in compilation of recursive and mutually recursive classes.
- Option -w to turn specific warnings on/off.
- Option -cc to choose the C compiler used with ocamlc -custom and ocamlopt.
* Bytecode compiler and bytecode interpreter:
- Intel x86: removed asm declaration causing "fixed or forbidden register
spilled" error with egcs and gcc 2.8 (but not with gcc 2.7, go figure).
- Revised handling of debugging information, allows faster linking with -g.
* Native-code compiler:
- Fixed bugs in integer constant propagation.
- Out-of-bound accesses in array and strings now raise an Invalid_argument
exception (like the bytecode system) instead of stopping the program.
- Corrected scheduling of bound checks.
- Port to the StrongARM under Linux (e.g. Corel Netwinder).
- I386: fixed bug in profiled code (ocamlopt -p).
- Mips: switched to -n32 model under IRIX; dropped the Ultrix port.
- Sparc: simplified the addressing modes, allows for better scheduling.
- Fixed calling convention bug for Pervasives.modf.
* Toplevel:
- #trace works again.
- ocamlmktop: use matching ocamlc, not any ocamlc from the search path.
* Memory management:
- Fixed bug in heap expansion that could cause the GC to loop.
* C interface:
- New macros CAMLparam... and CAMLlocal... to simplify the handling
of local roots in C code.
- Simplified procedure for allocating and filling Caml blocks from C.
- Declaration of string_length in <caml/mlvalues.h>.
* Standard library:
- Module Format: added {get,set}_all_formatter_output_functions,
formatter_of_out_channel, and the control sequence @<n> in printf.
- Module List: added mem_assoc, mem_assq, remove, removeq.
- Module Pervasives: added float_of_int (synonymous for float),
int_of_float (truncate), int_of_char (Char.code), char_of_int (Char.chr),
- Module String: added contains, contains_from, rcontains_from.
* Unix library:
- Unix.lockf: added F_RLOCK, F_TRLOCK; use POSIX locks whenever available.
-{get,set}attr: added non-standard speeds 57600, 115200, 230400.
- Unix.chroot: added.
* Threads:
- Bytecode threads: improved speed of I/O scheduling.
- Native threads: fixed a bug involving signals and exceptions
generated from C.
* The "str" library:
- Added Str.string_partial_match.
- Bumped size of internal stack.
* ocamlyacc: emit correct '# lineno' directive for prelude part of .mly file.
* Emacs editing mode: updated with Jacques Garrigue's newest code.
* Windows port:
- Added support for the "-cclib -lfoo" option (instead of
-cclib /full/path/libfoo.lib as before).
- Threads: fixed a bug at initialization time.
* Macintosh port: source code for Macintosh application merged in.
Objective Caml 2.00:
* Language:
- New class language. See
for a tutorial (chapter 2) and for the reference manual (section 4.9).
- Local module definitions "let module X = <module-expr> in <expr>".
- Record copying with update "{r with lbl1 = expr1; ...}".
- Array patterns "[|pat1; ...;patN|]" in pattern-matchings.
- New reserved keywords: "object", "initializer".
- No longer reserved: "closed", "protected".
* Bytecode compiler:
- Use the same compact memory representations for float arrays, float
records and recursive closures as the native-code compiler.
- More type-dependent optimizations.
- Added the -use_runtime and -make_runtime flags to build separately
and reuse afterwards custom runtime systems
(inspired by Fabrice Le Fessant's patch).
* Native-code compiler:
- Cross-module constant propagation of integer constants.
- More type-dependent optimizations.
- More compact code generated for "let rec" over data structures.
- Better code generated for "for" loops (test at bottom of code).
- More aggressive scheduling of stores.
- Added -p option for time profiling with gprof
(fully supported on Intel x86/Linux and Alpha/Digital Unix only)
(inspired by Aleksey Nogin's patch).
- A case of bad spilling with high register pressure fixed.
- Fixed GC bug when GC called from C without active Caml code.
- Alpha: $gp handling revised to follow Alpha's standard conventions,
allow running "atom" and "pixie" on ocamlopt-generated binaries.
- Intel x86: use movzbl and movsbl systematically to load 8-bit and 16-bit
quantities, no more hacks with partial registers (better for the
Pentium Pro, worse for the Pentium).
- PowerPC: more aggressive scheduling of return address reloading.
- Sparc: scheduling bug related to register pairs fixed.
* Runtime system:
- Better printing of uncaught exceptions (print a fully qualified
name whenever possible).
* New ports:
- Cray T3E (bytecode only) (in collaboration with CEA).
- PowerMac under Rhapsody.
- SparcStations under Linux.
* Standard library:
- Added set_binary_mode_in and set_binary_mode_out in Pervasives
to toggle open channels between text and binary modes.
- output_value and input_value check that the given channel is in
binary mode.
- input_value no longer fails on very large marshalled data (> 16 Mbytes).
- Module Arg: added option Rest.
- Module Filename: temp_file no longer loops if temp dir doesn't exist.
- Module List: added rev_append (tail-rec alternative to @).
- Module Set: tell the truth about "elements" returning a sorted list;
added min_elt, max_elt, singleton.
- Module Sys: added Sys.time for simple measuring of CPU time.
* ocamllex:
- Check for overflow when generating the tables for the automaton.
- Error messages in generated .ml file now point to .mll source.
- Added "let <id> = <regexp>" to name regular expressions
(inspired by Christian Lindig's patch).
* ocamlyacc:
- Better error recovery in presence of EOF tokens.
- Error messages in generated .ml file now point to .mly source.
- Generated .ml file now type-safe even without the generated .mli file.
* The Unix library:
- Use float instead of int to represent Unix times (number of seconds
from the epoch). This fixes a year 2005 problem on 32-bit platforms.
Functions affected: stat, lstat, fstat, time, gmtime, localtime,
mktime, utimes.
- Added putenv.
- Better handling of "unknown" error codes (EUNKNOWNERR).
- Fixed endianness bug in getservbyport.
- win32unix (the Win32 implementation of the Unix library) now has
the same interface as the unix implementation, this allows exchange
of compiled .cmo and .cmi files between Unix and Win32.
* The thread libraries:
- Bytecode threads: bug with escaping exceptions fixed.
- System threads (POSIX, Win32): malloc/free bug fixed; signal bug fixed.
- Both: added Thread.wait_signal to wait synchronously for signals.
* The graph library: bigger color cache.
* The str library: added Str.quote, Str.regexp_string,
* Emacs mode:
- Fixed bug with paragraph fill.
- Fixed bug with next-error under Emacs 20.
Objective Caml 1.07:
* Native-code compiler:
- Revised interface between generated code and GC, fixes serious GC
problems with signals and native threads.
- Added "-thread" option for compatibility with ocamlc.
* Debugger: correctly print instance variables of objects.
* Run-time system: ported to OpenBSD.
* Standard library: fixed wrong interface for Marshal.to_buffer and
* Num library: added Intel x86 optimized asm code (courtesy of
Bernard Serpette).
* Thread libraries:
- Native threads: fixed GC bugs and installation procedure.
- Bytecode threads: fixed problem with "Marshal" module.
- Both: added Event.always.
* MS Windows port: better handling of long command lines in Sys.command
Objective Caml 1.06:
* Language:
- Added two new keywords: "assert" (check assertion) and "lazy"
(delay evaluation).
- Allow identifiers to start with "_" (such identifiers are treated
as lowercase idents).
* Objects:
- Added "protected" methods (visible only from subclasses, can be hidden
in class type declared in module signature).
- Objects can be compared using generic comparison functions.
- Fixed compilation of partial application of object constructors.
* Type system:
- Occur-check now more strict (all recursions must traverse an object).
- A few bugs fixed.
* Run-time system:
- A heap compactor was implemented, so long-running programs can now
fight fragmentation.
- The meaning of the "space_overhead" parameter has changed.
- The macros Push_roots and Pop_roots are superseded by Begin_roots* and
- Bytecode executable includes list of primitives used, avoids crashes
on version mismatch.
- Reduced startup overhead for marshalling, much faster marshalling of
small objects.
- New exception Stack_overflow distinct from Out_of_memory.
- Maximum stack size configurable.
- I/O revised for compatibility with compactor and with native threads.
- All C code ANSIfied (new-style function declarations, etc).
- Threaded code work on all 64-bit processors, not just Alpha/Digital Unix.
- Better printing of uncaught exceptions.
* Both compilers:
- Parsing: more detailed reporting of syntax errors (e.g. shows
unmatched opening parenthesis on missing closing parenthesis).
- Check consistency between interfaces (.cmi).
- Revised rules for determining dependencies between modules.
- Options "-verbose" for printing calls to C compiler, "-noassert"
for turning assertion checks off.
* Native-code compiler:
- Machine-dependent parts rewritten using inheritance instead of
parameterized modules.
- GC bug in value let rec fixed.
- Port to Linux/Alpha.
- Sparc: cleaned up use of %g registers, now compatible with Solaris threads.
* Top-level interactive system:
- Can execute Caml script files given on command line.
- Reads commands from ./.ocamlinit on startup.
- Now thread-compatible.
* Standard library:
- New library module: Lazy (delayed computations).
- New library module: Marshal. Allows marshalling to strings and
transmission of closures between identical programs (SPMD parallelism).
- Filename: "is_absolute" is superseded by "is_implicit" and "is_relative".
To adapt old programs, change "is_absolute x" to "not (is_implicit x)"
(but the new "is_relative" is NOT the opposite of the old "is_absolute").
- Array, Hashtbl, List, Map, Queue, Set, Stack, Stream:
the "iter" functions now take as argument a unit-returning function.
- Format: added "printf" interface to the formatter (see the documentation).
Revised behaviour of simple boxes: no more than one new line is output
when consecutive break hints should lead to multiple line breaks.
- Stream: revised implementation, renamed Parse_failure to Failure and
Parse_error to Error (don't you love gratuitous changes?).
- String: added index, rindex, index_from, rindex_from.
- Array: added mapi, iteri, fold_left, fold_right, init.
- Added, Set.subset, Printexc.to_string.
* ocamllex: lexers generated by ocamllex can now handle all characters,
including '\000'.
* ocamlyacc: fixed bug with function closures returned by parser rules.
* Debugger:
- Revised generation of events.
- Break on function entrance.
- New commands start/previous.
- The command loadprinter now try to recursively load required
- Numerous small fixes.
* External libraries:
- systhreads: can now use POSIX threads; POSIX and Win32 threads are
now supported by the native-code compiler.
- dbm and graph: work in native code.
- num: fixed bug in Nat.nat_of_string.
- str: fixed deallocation bug with case folding.
- win32unix: use Win32 handles instead of (buggy) VC++ emulation of Unix
file handles; added gettimeofday.
* Emacs editing mode and debugger interface updated to July '97 version.
Objective Caml 1.05:
* Typing: fixed several bugs causing spurious type errors.
* Native-code compiler: fixed instruction selection bug causing GC to
see ill-formed pointers; fixed callbacks to support invocation from a
main program in C.
* Standard library: fixed String.lowercase; Weak now resists integers.
* Toplevel: multiple phrases without intermediate ";;" now really supported;
fixed value printing problems where the wrong printer was selected.
* Debugger: fixed printing problem with local references; revised
handling of checkpoints; various other small fixes.
* Macintosh port: fixed signed division problem in bytecomp/
Objective Caml 1.04:
* Replay debugger ported from Caml Light; added debugger support in
compiler (option -g) and runtime system. Debugger is alpha-quality
and needs testing.
* Parsing:
- Support for "# linenum" directives.
- At toplevel, allow several phrases without intermediate ";;".
* Typing:
- Allow constraints on datatype parameters, e.g.
type 'a foo = ... constraint 'a = 'b * 'c.
- Fixed bug in signature matching in presence of free type variables '_a.
- Extensive cleanup of internals of type inference.
* Native-code compilation:
- Inlining of small functions at point of call (fairly conservative).
- MIPS code generator ported to SGI IRIX 6.
- Better code generated for large integer constants.
- Check for urgent GC when allocating large objects in major heap.
- PowerPC port: better scheduling, reduced TOC consumption.
- HPPA port: handle long conditional branches gracefully,
several span-dependent bugs fixed.
* Standard library:
- More floating-point functions (all ANSI C float functions now available).
- Hashtbl: added functorial interface (allow providing own equality
and hash functions); rehash when resizing, avoid memory leak on
- Added Char.uppercase, Char.lowercase, String.uppercase, String.lowercase,
String.capitalize, String.uncapitalize.
- New module Weak for manipulating weak pointers.
- New module Callback for registering closures and exceptions to be
used from C.
* Foreign interface:
- Better support for callbacks (C calling Caml), exception raising
from C, and main() in C. Added function to remove a global root.
- Option -output-obj to package Caml code as a C library.
* Thread library: fixed bug in timed_read and timed_write operations;
Lexing.from_function and Lexing.from_channel now reentrant.
* Unix interface: renamed EACCESS to EACCES (the POSIX name); added setsid;
fixed bug in inet_addr_of_string for 64-bit platforms.
* Ocamlyacc: default error function no longer prevents error recovery.
* Ocamllex: fixed reentrancy problem w.r.t. exceptions during refill;
fixed output problem (\r\r\n) under Win32.
* Macintosh port:
- The makefiles are provided for compiling and installing O'Caml on
a Macintosh with MPW 3.4.1.
- An application with the toplevel in a window is forthcoming.
* Windows NT/95 port: updated toplevel GUI to that of Caml Light 0.73.
* Emacs editing mode and debugger interface included in distribution.
Objective Caml 1.03:
* Typing:
- bug with type names escaping their scope via unification with
non-generalized type variables '_a completely fixed;
- fixed bug in occur check : it was too restrictive;
- fixed bug of coercion operators;
- check that no two types of the same name are generated in a module
(there was no check for classes);
- "#install_printer" works again;
- fixed bug in printing of subtyping errors;
- in class interfaces, construct "method m" (without type) change
the status of method m from abstract to concrete;
- in a recursive definition of class interfaces, a class can now
inherit from a previous class;
- typing of a method make use of an eventual previously given type
of this method, yielding clearer type errors.
* Compilation (ocamlc and ocamlopt):
- fixed bug in compilation of classes.
* Native-code compilation:
- optimization of functions taking tuples of arguments;
- code emitter for the Motorola 680x0 processors (retrocomputing week);
- Alpha/OSF1: generate frame descriptors, avoids crashes when e.g.
exp() or log() cause a domain error; fixed bug with
String.length "literal";
- Sparc, Mips, HPPA: removed marking of scanned stack frames
(benefits do not outweight cost).
* Standard library:
- Arg.parse now prints documentation for command-line options;
- I/O buffers (types in_channel and out_channel) now heap-allocated,
avoids crashing when closing a channel several times;
- Overflow bug in compare() fixed;
- GC bug in raising Sys_error from I/O functions fixed;
- Parsing.symbol_start works even for epsilon productions.
* Foreign interface: main() in C now working, fixed bug in library
order at link time.
* Thread library: guard against calling thread functions before Thread.create.
* Unix library: fixed getsockopt, setsockopt, open_process_{in,out}.
* Perl-free, cpp-free, cholesterol-free installation procedure.
Objective Caml 1.02:
* Typing:
- fixed bug with type names escaping their scope via unification
with non-generalized type variables '_a;
- keep #class abbreviations longer;
- faster checking of well-formed abbreviation definitions;
- stricter checking of "with" constraints over signatures (arity
mismatch, overriding of an already manifest type).
* Compilation (ocamlc and ocamlopt):
- fixed bug in compilation of recursive classes;
- [|...|] and let...rec... allowed inside definitions of recursive
data structures;
* Bytecode compilation: fixed overflow in linker for programs with
more than 65535 globals and constants.
* Native-code compilation:
- ocamlopt ported to HPPA under HP/UX, Intel x86 under Solaris 2,
PowerMacintosh under MkLinux;
- fixed two bugs related to floating-point arrays (one with "t array"
where t is an abstract type implemented as float, one with
comparison between two float arrays on 32 bit platforms);
- fixed reloading/spilling problem causing non-termination of
register allocation;
- fixed bugs in handling of () causing loss of tail recursion;
- fixed reloading bug in indirect calls.
* Windows NT/95 port:
- complete port of the threads library (Pascal Cuoq);
- partial port of the Unix library (Pascal Cuoq);
- expansion of *, ? and @ on the command line.
* Standard library:
- bug in in List.exists2 fixed;
- bug in " n" for very large n on 64-bit machines fixed;
- module Format: added a "general purpose" type of box (open_box);
can output on several formatters at the same time.
* The "threads" library:
- implementation on top of native threads available for Win32 and
POSIX 1003.1c;
- added -thread option to select a thread-safe version of the
standard library, the ThreadIO module is no longer needed.
* The "graph" library: avoid invalid pixmaps when doing
open_graph/close_graph several times.
* The "dynlink" library: support for "private" (no re-export) dynamic loading.
* ocamlyacc: skip '...' character literals correctly.
* C interface: C code linked with O'Caml code can provide its own main()
and call caml_main() later.
Objective Caml 1.01:
* Typing: better report of type incompatibilities;
non-generalizable type variables in a struct...end no longer flagged
immediately as an error;
name clashes during "open" avoided.
* Fixed bug in output_value where identical data structures
could have different external representations; this bug caused wrong
"inconsistent assumptions" errors when checking compatibility of
interfaces at link-time.
* Standard library: fixed bug in Array.blit on overlapping array sections
* Unmarshaling from strings now working.
* ocamlc, ocamlopt: new flags -intf and -impl to force compilation as
an implementation/an interface, regardless of file extension;
overflow bug on wide-range integer pattern-matchings fixed.
* ocamlc: fixed bytecode generation bug causing problems with compilation
units defining more than 256 values
* ocamlopt, all platforms:
fixed GC bug in "let rec" over data structures;
link startup file first, fixes "undefined symbol" errors with some
* ocamlopt, Intel x86:
more efficient calling sequence for calling C functions;
floating-point wars, chapter 5: don't use float stack for holding
float pseudo-registers, stack-allocating them is just as efficient.
* ocamlopt, Alpha and Intel x86: more compact calling sequence for garbage
* ocamllex: generated automata no longer use callbacks for refilling
the input buffer (works better with threads); character literals
correctly skipped inside actions.
* ocamldep: "-I" directories now searched in the right order
* Thread library: incompatibilities with callbacks, signals, and
dynamic linking removed; scheduling bug with Thread.wait fixed.
* New "dbm" library, interfaces with NDBM.
* Object-oriented extensions:
instance variables can now be omitted in class types;
some error messages have been made clearer;
several bugs fixes.
Objective Caml 1.00:
* Merge of Jerome Vouillon and Didier Remy's object-oriented
* All libraries: all "new" functions renamed to "create" because "new"
is now a reserved keyword.
* Compilation of "or" patterns (pat1 | pat2) completely revised to
avoid code size explosion.
* Compiler support for preprocessing source files (-pp flag).
* Library construction: flag -linkall to force linking of all units in
a library.
* Native-code compiler: port to the Sparc under NetBSD.
* Toplevel: fixed bug when tracing several times the same function
under different names.
* New format for marshaling arbitrary data structures, allows
marshaling to/from strings.
* Standard library: new module Genlex (configurable lexer for streams)
* Thread library: much better support for I/O and blocking system calls.
* Graphics library: faster reclaimation of unused pixmaps.
* Unix library: new functions {set,clear}_nonblock, {set,clear}_close_on_exec,
{set,get}itimer, inet_addr_any, {get,set}sockopt.
* Dynlink library: added support for linking libraries (.cma files).
Caml Special Light 1.15:
* Caml Special Light now runs under Windows NT and 95. Many thanks to
Kevin Gallo (Microsoft Research) who contributed his initial port.
* csllex now generates tables for a table-driven automaton.
The resulting lexers are smaller and run faster.
* Completely automatic configuration script.
* Typing: more stringent checking of module type definitions against
manifest module type specifications.
* Toplevel: recursive definitions of values now working.
* Native-code compiler, all platforms:
toplevel "let"s with refutable patterns now working;
fixed bug in assignment to float record fields;
direct support for floating-point negation and absolute value.
* Native-code compiler, x86: fixed bug with tail calls (with more than
4 arguments) from a function with a one-word stack frame.
* Native-code compiler, Sparc: problem with -compact fixed.
* Thread library: support for non-blocking writes; scheduler revised.
* Unix library: bug in gethostbyaddr fixed; bounds checking for read,
write, etc.
Caml Special Light 1.14:
* cslopt ported to the PowerPC/RS6000 architecture. Better support for
AIX in the bytecode system as well.
* cslopt, all platforms: fixed bug in live range splitting around catch/exit.
* cslopt for the Intel (floating-point wars, chapter 4):
implemented Ershov's algorithm to minimize floating-point stack usage;
out-of-order pops fixed.
* Several bug fixes in callbacks and signals.
Caml Special Light 1.13:
* Pattern-matching compilation revised to factor out accesses inside
matched structures.
* Callbacks and signals now supported in cslopt.
Signals are only detected at allocation points, though.
Added callback functions with 2 and 3 arguments.
* More explicit error messages when a native-code program aborts due
to array or string bound violations.
* In patterns, "C _" allowed even if the constructor C has several arguments.
* && and || allowed as alternate syntax for & and or.
* cslopt for the Intel: code generation for floating-point
operations entirely redone for the third time (a pox on whomever at
Intel decided to organize the floating-point registers as a stack).
* cslopt for the Sparc: don't use Sparc V8 smul and sdiv instructions,
emulation on V7 processors is abysmal.
Caml Special Light 1.12:
* Fixed an embarrassing bug with references to floats.
Caml Special Light 1.11:
* Streams and stream parsers a la Caml Light are back (thanks to
Daniel de Rauglaudre).
* User-level concurrent threads, with low-level shared memory primitives
(locks and conditions) as well as channel-based communication primitives
with first-class synchronous events, in the style of Reppy's CML.
* The native-code compiler has been ported to the HP PA-RISC processor
running under NextStep (sorry, no HPUX, its linker keeps dumping
core on me).
* References not captured in a function are optimized into variables.
* Fixed several bugs related to exceptions.
* Floats behave a little more as specified in the IEEE standard
(believe it or not, but x < y is not the negation of x >= y).
* Lower memory consumption for the native-code compiler.
Caml Special Light 1.10:
* Many bug fixes (too many to list here).
* Module language: introduction of a "with module" notation over
signatures for concise sharing of all type components of a signature;
better support for concrete types in signatures.
* Native-code compiler: the Intel 386 version has been ported to
NextStep and FreeBSD, and generates better code (especially for
* Tools and libraries: the Caml Light profiler and library for
arbitrary-precision arithmetic have been ported (thanks to John
Malecki and Victor Manuel Gulias Fernandez); better docs for the Unix
and regexp libraries.
Caml Special Light 1.07:
* Syntax: optional ;; allowed in compilation units and structures
(back by popular demand)
* cslopt:
generic handling of float arrays fixed
direct function application when the function expr is not a path fixed
compilation of "let rec" over values fixed
multiple definitions of a value name in a module correctly handled
no calls to ranlib in Solaris
* csltop: #trace now working
* Standard library: added List.memq; documentation of Array fixed.
Caml Special Light 1.06:
* First public release.