[ANN] Dune 1.11.0

On behalf of the dune team, I’m pleased to announce the release of dune 1.11.0. This release contains quite a few new interesting features such as custom dialects: anyone can define their own OCaml based syntax. Is anyone up to revive the revised syntax? :slight_smile: I’d also like to highlight the the re-launch of variants feature in a sounder form, a new build-info library that queries build information, and that dune init can initialize an entire project. But of course, by far the most important thing is that the compiler’s colours are now back :champagne:

1.11.0 (23/07/2019)

  • Don’t select all local implementations in dune utop. Instead, let the
    default implementation selection do its job. (#2327, fixes #2323, @TheLortex,
    review by @rgrinberg)

  • Check that selected implementations (either by variants or default
    implementations) are indeed implementations. (#2328, @TheLortex, review by

  • Don’t reserve the Ppx toplevel module name for ppx rewriters (#2242, @diml)

  • Redesign of the library variant feature according to the #2134 proposal. The
    set of variants is now computed when the virtual library is installed.
    Introducing a new external_variant stanza. (#2169, fixes #2134, @TheLortex,
    review by @diml)

  • Add proper line directives when copying .cc and .cxx sources (#2275,

  • Fix error message for missing C++ sources. The .cc extension was always
    ignored before. (#2275, @rgrinberg)

  • Add $ dune init project subcommand to create project boilerplate according
    to a common template. (#2185, fixes #159, @shonfeder)

  • Allow to run inline tests in javascript with nodejs (#2266, @hhugo)

  • Build ppx.exe as compiling host binary. (#2286, fixes #2252, @toots, review
    by @rgrinberg and @diml)

  • Add a cinaps extension and stanza for better integration with the
    cinaps tool tool (#2269,

  • Allow to embed build info in executables such as version and list
    and version of statically linked libraries (#2224, @diml)

  • Set version in META and dune-package files to the one read from
    the vcs when no other version is available (#2224, @diml)

  • Add a variable %{target} to be used in situations where the context
    requires at most one word, so %{targets} can be confusing; stdout
    redirections and “-o” arguments of various tools are the main use
    case; also, introduce a separate field target that must be used
    instead of targets in those situations. (#2341, @aalekseyev)

  • Fix dependency graph of wrapped_compat modules. Previously, the dependency on
    the user written entry module was omitted. (#2305, @rgrinberg)

  • Allow to promote executables built with an executable stanza
    (#2379, @diml)

  • When instantiating an implementation with a variant, make sure it matches
    virtual library’s list of known implementations. (#2361, fixes #2322,
    @TheLortex, review by @rgrinberg)

  • Add a variable %{ignoring_promoted_rules} that is true when
    --ingore-promoted-rules is passed on the command line and false
    otherwise (#2382, @diml)

  • Fix a bug in future_syntax where the characters @ and & were
    not distinguished in the names of binding operators (let@ was the
    same as let&) (#2376, @aalekseyev, @diml)

  • Workspaces with non unique project names are now supported. (#2377, fix #2325,

  • Improve opam generation to include the dune dependencies with the minimum
    constraint set based on the dune language version specified in the
    dune-project file. (2383, @avsm)

  • The order of fields in the generated opam file now follows order preferred in
    opam-lib. (@avsm, #2380)

  • Fix coloring of error messages from the compiler (@diml, #2384)

  • Add warning 66 to default set of warnings starting for dune projects with
    language verison >= 1.11 (@rgrinberg, @diml, fixes #2299)

  • Add (dialect …) stanza
    (@nojb, #2404)

  • Add a --context argument to dune install/uninstall (@diml, #2412)

  • Do not warn about merlin files pre 1.9. This warning can only be disabled in
    1.9 (#2421, fixes #2399, @emillon)

  • Add a new inline_tests field in the env stanza to control inline_tests
    framework with a variable (#2313, @mlasson, original idea by @diml, review
    by @rgrinberg).

  • New binary kind js for executables in order to explicitly enable Javascript
    targets, and a switch (explicit_js_mode) to require this mode in order to
    declare JS targets corresponding to executables. (#1941, @nojb)