[arch-haskell] devtools version problem

Fabien Dubosson fabien.dubosson at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 11:39:31 UTC 2013

Hello again,

With a little help of "git bisect" on the devtools repository (
https://projects.archlinux.org/devtools.git/), I have found the reason of
the following kind of messages:

    Diff-0.3.0: cannot find libHSDiff-0.3.0.a on library path (use --force
to override)

The commit 0d16a9135055d0c998cac236608cb630c93f0ac7 (
make "!staticlibs" default in makepkg.conf. So every chroot environment
containing this version will throw away static libraries when building
packages. The commit was pushed to arch repository 8 days ago, so only
newest chroot environments have this problem.

I see two solutions:

  1. Change the "makepkg.conf" when creating the chroot environment to
remove "!staticlibs",
or, better
  2. Change cblrepo to add «options=('strip' 'staticlibs')» when generating

Because I don't know if all packages have/need these static libraries, I
ask you, experienced arch-haskeller, to point me the right direction?

Best regards,
Fabien Dubosson

2013/10/28 Fabien Dubosson <fabien.dubosson at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> Continuing my investigations about my building problem, I think I have
> found its cause and a way to reproduce it.
> Briefly, the important point is that the chroot environment must be
> created with devtools <= 20130408 (the last version that has makechrootpkg
> that support the "-d" flag). Once created, packages can be built even with
> newest versions of devtools that doesn't support the "-d" flag (but this
> requires to adapt the makeahpkg script to remove it).
> At the opposite, if the chroot is created with a newer version, Haskell
> packages will build and install, but with a message like:
>     Diff-0.3.0: cannot find libHSDiff-0.3.0.a on library path (use --force
> to override)
> To reproduce, run the following commands once with devtools 20130408 and
> once with 20131020 (and don't forget to remove completely the "habs-temp"
> folder between the two tests):
>      git clone https://github.com/StreakyCobra/habs.git habs-temp
>     cd habs-temp
>     cblrepo sync
>     cblrepo pkgbuild Diff
>      ./makeahpkg -c -- Diff
>     # sudo rm habs-temp -rf
> Can anybody confirm this behavior? Or is it just me?
> Best regards,
> Fabien Dubosson
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