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Problem with end-on-line convention on bytecomp/ #4940

vicuna opened this Issue Dec 14, 2009 · 2 comments


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vicuna commented Dec 14, 2009

Original bug ID: 4940
Reporter: @alainfrisch
Assigned to: @damiendoligez
Status: closed (set by @damiendoligez on 2009-12-30T15:40:36Z)
Resolution: fixed
Priority: normal
Severity: minor
Fixed in version: 3.12.0+dev
Category: ~DO NOT USE (was: OCaml general)

Bug description

When using "ocamlc -output-obj" with a recent version of OCaml compiled from the branch version/3.11 of the SVN, using the Win32 MSVC port, I get errors like:

csml_bytecode.c : error C4335: Mac file format detected: please convert the source file to either DOS or UNIX format
File "none", line 1, characters 0-1:
Error: Error while building custom runtime system

The culprit is very probably some non-Unix end-of-lines in the file, in parts that generate literal C code. Applying the dos2unix tool to solves the problem.

Possible fixes:

  • do not use Mac end-of-lines for OCaml sources;
  • do not insert end-of-lines in literal strings (instead, terminate lines with \n).

Btw, we also have to apply dos2unix to the file VERSION to be able to compile OCaml (but this is not new).

FWIW, we use the "DOS / text" install mode of Cygwin, not the "Unix / binary" mode.


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vicuna commented Dec 28, 2009

Comment author: @damiendoligez

We do not use Mac end-of-lines for OCaml sources. In fact, there isn't a single occurrence of CR in
the whole source tree.

What probably happens is this:

  • there are end-of-lines in literal strings
  • they are translated by your Cygwin into CR-LF when OCaml reads and compiles the source,
    so the string contains CR-LF
  • when the compiler outputs them as CR-LF, your cygwin again translates the LF into CR-LF,
    resulting in CR-CR-LF in the output file.

The short-term solution is to terminate the lines of with \n, the long-term solution
is to do that for all compiler source files, and to add a warning for naked end-of-lines in string

We have made the change to for 3.11.2+rc1, we'll do the rest for 3.12.


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vicuna commented Dec 30, 2009

Comment author: @damiendoligez

added the warning and escaped all end-of-lines in strings (in the trunk)

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