Welcome to OCaml Batteries Included
OCaml Batteries Included, or just Batteries, is a community-maintained foundation library for your OCaml projects. Batteries
defines a standard set of libraries which may be expected on every compliant installation of OCaml;
organizes these libraries into a hierarchy of modules, with a single source of documentation; and
provides a consistent API for otherwise independent libraries.
You will need the following libraries:
- OCaml >= 3.12.1
- Findlib >= 1.5.3
- GNU make
- OUnit to build and run the tests (optional)
- qtest >= 2.0.1 to build and run the tests (optional)
- ocaml-benchmark to build and run the performance tests (optional)
Configuration and Installation
To install the full version of Batteries, execute
$ make all $ make test [ optional ] $ sudo make install $ make doc [ optional ] $ sudo make install-doc [ optional ]
If you want the documentation installed elsewhere, set this before
starting the build process because this location is stored in the
Batteries_config module generated during compilation.
$ export DOCROOT=/path/to/new/docroot/
To disable native compilation:
$ export BATTERIES_NATIVE=false
To disable building of native shared libraries:
$ export BATTERIES_NATIVE_SHLIB=false
To get started using Batteries at the toplevel, copy the
$ cp ocamlinit ~/.ocamlinit
If you already have findlib in your
~/.ocamlinit, you only need the
last line in our ocamlinit to load batteries.
More usage help available on the batteries-included wiki.
If your project currently uses ExtLib, most likely you can just change
-package extlib to
-package batteries and add
to the top of any extlib-using modules. Batteries' modules are all
named BatFoo to differentiate them from extlib's modules, so one can
use Batteries and ExtLib in the same project.
COMPATIBILITY NOTE: If you're using ExtLib's Unzip module, it does not have a corresponding module in batteries at the moment.
See the guidelines wiki page.
If you use emacs, the file
batteries_dev.el has extra highlighting to support writing quicktests.