[arch-haskell] Grumblings about install size

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Mon Apr 5 15:55:09 EDT 2010

> > Maybe, and maybe this isn't really a valid concern anymore, but  more a
> > cultural thing in Arch.
> > 
> > 
> > -- Don
> How much would the difference in size be if you removed the profiling
> libraries?

It would be about 280M (going by Fedora, which moves .prof's into a
separate bundle). On Debian, there is a separate .prof and separate .doc
bundle as well.
> If it is significant then I think it would be more in line with the
> Arch way to move them to an optional dependency. Even if disk is cheap,
> it goes against the minimalist ethos of the distro to bundle everything
> and I'm sure that many users are put off by the size of the ghc package.
> Of course, the other part of the Arch way is to stay as far upstream as
> possible so if the profiling libs are intended to be a part of the
> package there then there is a strong argument to leave them in, but I
> think the strength of that argument depends directly on the size
> difference and how many users actually use those libs.
> Providing something smaller might also encourage more casual use of ghc
> and haskell and thus help to promote the language.

-- Don

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