[arch-haskell] Haskell's state in Arch & near future

Adrien Haxaire adrien at haxaire.org
Sat Oct 12 07:39:37 UTC 2013


I am using Arch for two weeks, mainly becaused I got bored of ubuntu and
because of the good reputation it has in the Haskell community. I am new
in Haskell too by the way.

What I can say is that after playing a bit around with AUR I just
dropped it and now use cabal for packages that are not in the repos.

These few lines to say that I fully agree with your proposition.

Best regards,

Le 05/11/2011 13:44, Vesa Kaihlavirta a écrit :
> Hey,
> I'm writing to inform you about some action I'm planning to
> takeregarding our Haskell packages.
> Current=======
> The current status is this: we have in extra repo the
> "HaskellPlatform" package which depends on 24 haskell libraries plus
> ghc,cabal-install, alex and happy. Maintaining all these is
> relativelycumbersome (although it could be made a bit nicer by some
> cleverscripting) and in my opinion goes a bit against the simplicity
> clauseof our beloved distro.
> A bit worse is that our dependance on the haskell-platform means
> thatwe cannot upgrade ghc as soon as we could. The current
> platformdepends on ghc-7.0.3, and the platform's website informs
> helpfully:"Next release: July 2011". People have been wishing for
> ghc-7.2.1(released on 9 August 2011) for quite some time.
> Future======
> The actions I'm about to do are following:
>     - remove haskell-platform and all its libs from extra     - only
> keep ghc in extra    - alex, happy and cabal-install and the libs they
> need       (5-10) go to community
> Since a ghc upgrade usually calls for a rebuild of every library
> thathas been built on it, this and any future ghc rebuild will have
> aminimum of 2 week bug-free staging period to allow all
> packagemaintainers at least some time to rebuild everything that's
> needed.
> Haskell binary repo===================
> I've heard that there's a separate package repo for many
> haskellpackages. That seems like a good idea, especially if it's easy
> tolaunch a rebuild of everything, and if it works well enough. I'd
> liketo hear about that, if anyone maintaining it happens to be
> listening.
> AUR===
> My humble opinion is that we do not need to support any of thehaskell-
> packages in AUR in any significant way, as cabal-install doesa far
> better job there than our silly wrapper around it. If people wantto
> maintain them, fine.
> --vk
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