[arch-haskell] ArchLinux binary repository available for beta testing

Peter Simons simons at cryp.to
Sat Oct 12 07:37:59 UTC 2013

The following message is a courtesy copy of an article
that has been posted to gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe as well.

Hi guys,

those of you who use the ArchLinux distribution might be interested to know
that a team of volunteers has put together a binary package repository that
complements the set of Haskell packages that's already being distributed by
ArchLinux. Subscribers of that repository can use Pacman to install all of
Haskell Platform 2010.2.0.0 as well as a few other popular packages such as
bnfc, hledger, pandoc, sifflet, and yesod on both i686 and x86_64. If you
want to use the repository, then append the following two lines at the end
of your /etc/pacman.conf file:

  Server = http://andromeda.kiwilight.com/$repo/$arch

Please be aware of the fact that this is the very first public announcement
of this repository, so you should consider it as being in a kind of beta
state. Basically, if your Linux machine is responsible for controlling some
large nuclear power plant or something, you probably shouldn't be using
this. Everyone else is encouraged to try it out. If you encounter problems,
have questions, or would like to make suggestions, then please raise an
issue at <https://github.com/archhaskell/habs/issues>. Of course, you're
also welcome to provide feedback by posting to the haskell-cafe mailing list
or to arch-haskell at haskell.org.

Many people have contributed to this effort in one way or another. Don
Stewart originally wrote the cabal2arch tool that is being used to generate
the HABS tree on which this repository is based. Rémy Oudompheng has
extended that tool and the underlying ArchLinux library significantly, and
he has also written most of the build system that's being used to compile
the binary packages. Magnus Therning has compiled all the x86_64 binaries.
The i686 binaries were compiled by Yours Truely. Kaiting Chen is kindly
hosting the repository on his server. Furthermore, there are many other
people who have submitted bug reports, suggestions, and fixes by way of AUR.

Have fun,

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