Reference implementation currently too hard to install in Windows

Dave Herman dherman at
Wed Oct 31 04:42:00 PDT 2007

> Thanks Dave, that would be great. Could you let us know how things stand once
> you know more?

It's looking good. Despite the fact that SML/NJ doesn't appear to have 
upcoming plans to support Windows binaries, MLton ( 
does and has for a long time. We have written pretty exclusively to the 
standard of SML so porting to MLton has remained pretty easy. Last night 
Graydon and I successfully built Windows binaries with MLton. We should 
be pushing out another release ASAP that will include a Windows (Cygwin) 

I have to look into licensing, but I believe if we can include the 
Cygwin DLL with the Windows binary, there should be no dependencies 
whatsoever and you can just download and run.

For the future, however, I do want to improve the build process to make 
it easier for the uninitiated. SML/NJ and MLton both tend to be a little 
tricky to install, though, so that goal may be trickier.


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